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The team at Roskill Aquas­port are feel­ing a bit cold at the thought of bid­ding a fond farewell to all their loyal mem­bers at the Roskill Aquas­port Swim and Gym com­plex at the Cameron Pool, af­ter a de­ci­sion by the Auck­land City Coun­cil not to re­new their con­tract.

Roskill Aquas­port have been suc­cess­fully op­er­at­ing the com­plex for more than 20 years and in that time they have trans­formed what was once a small as­bestos cov­ered pool into the out­stand­ing fa­cil­ity it is to­day, com­plete with sep­a­rate learner’s pool, gym­na­sium, steam room, spa and sauna.

“While we’re sad to be­ing go­ing, we’ve had a lot of fun dur­ing our time here and would like to thank all our swim and gym mem­bers for their friend­ship, loy­alty and custom,” says Hil­ton Brown, di­rec­tor of the Aquas­port Group and Hil­ton Brown Swim­ming.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to all our won­der­ful staff for their great com­mit­ment over the years.

“Peo­ple have been gut­ted when they’ve heard what has hap­pened,” he adds.

The Cameron Pool en­joyed great suc­cess un­der the guid­ance and ded­i­ca­tion of Roskill Aquas­port Ltd in ca­ter­ing to the re­quire­ments of the lo- cal com­mu­nity. Their for­ward think­ing led to the in­tro­duc­tion of a num­ber of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties never be­fore seen in New Zealand, like mother and baby swim­ming lessons and aqua­size classes.

They were also the first com­plex to pro­vide fe­male only life­guards on Sun­day evenings, en­abling Mus­lim women to swim without com­pro­mis­ing their re­li­gious be­liefs – some­thing which was put in the ‘too hard’ bas­ket by other fa­cil­i­ties.

In ad­di­tion, more than 100,000 peo­ple, span­ning three gen­er­a­tions of New Zealan­ders, have been taught to swim through Hil­ton Brown Swim­ming, which runs its learn to swim pro­gramme out of the Roskill Aquas­port com­plex.

Roskill Aquas­port Ltd have also sup­ported many peo­ple in train­ing for the Spe­cial Olympics, and Olympic, Com­mon­wealth and Mas­ters Games.

How­ever, the news isn’t all bad. “You can still be part of our fam­ily by join­ing us at our sis­ter site, One­hunga Aquas­port, Jel­li­coe Pools, where we will con­tinue to pro­vide swim­ming tu­ition and look af­ter your health and well­be­ing,” says Hil­ton.

One­hunga Aquas­port Cen­tre is lo­cated at Jel­li­coe Park, One­hunga. For more in­for­ma­tion phone 636-5330 or visit www. hilton­brown­swim­ming. co.nz.

Fond farewell: Roskill Aquas­port cus­tomer ser­vice man­ager Matt Down, fa­cil­ity man­ager Lisa En­sor and gym man­ager Scott Davies.

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