Pool pains for Po­sei­don

Two-month clo­sure leaves swim team wa­ter­less

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

The planned 10-week clo­sure of the Car­bon­ear swim­ming pool to ac­com­mo­date ex­ten­sive up­grades will force some of its most fre­quent users to look else­where for lanes to swim laps in.

The Po­sei­don Swim Club, which typ­i­cally trains five days a week at the pool, is al­ready look­ing at mak­ing al­ter­nate ar­range­ments for prac­tic­ing once the pool closes on Jan. 17.

“It’s a hard time of the year to be shut­ting down in the mid­dle of the swim sea­son,” says Po­sei­don coach Ju­nior Somers. “ The sec­ond week of March we have our Short Course Cham­pi­onships in Deer Lake, and a lot of the kids won’t get swim time be­fore that meet.”

Coach Somers says the length of the clo­sure was not a sur­prise. The up­grades to the pool will in­volve the in­stal­la­tion of a new heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion, and air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem, which will re­sult in the dis­posal of its in­ef­fi­cient and costly oil-fired boiler.

The team is now look­ing into rent­ing pools in Con­cep­tion Bay South and Mount Pearl for pos­si­ble week­end use. Other swim­mers may travel three-to-four times a week to at­tend prac­tices with the fbers. Swim­mers have trav­elled to prac­tice at other pools dur­ing pre­vi­ous clo­sures at the Car­bon­ear pool.

“ We got the OK from the Mount Pearl swim club, so some of the kids will avail of that, and some of them won’t,” says Somers, who was un­sure as to how many swim­mers may do so.

The clo­sure of the pool also im­pacts the east­ern re­gion Pro­vin­cial Satel­lite meet, which Po­sei­don was sched­uled to host Feb. 46. That meet has now been moved ahead by three weeks, tak­ing place Jan. 14-16.

“ We went to SNL (Swim­ming New­found­land and Labrador), and they gave us the OK,” says Somers, who adds the change will cre­ate some ad­min­is­tra­tive chal­lenges for the club.

The meet is ex­pected to draw over 200 com­peti­tors, with 16 lo­cals likely to swim races.

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