Jump­ing for joy over pool

Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By Colin Thorsen

Cam­bridge swim­ming pool was a hive of ac­tiv­ity when Waipa Post vis­ited on ear­lier this month.

The pool was choker full of fam­ily groups in­clud­ing Cyn­thia Doole, a New Zealand ci­ti­zen orig­i­nally from the Philip­pines, her son El­liott, 9, daugh­ter Elena, 4, and nephew Elias, 10.

“We love the pool, we are reg­u­lars here,” said Cyn­thia.

“It’s fan­tas­tic news that we are get­ting a new pool com­plex. Peo­ple have been wait­ing quite a while for an up­grade. The council are con­stantly im­prov­ing our town and the pool is part of that.”

The Dooles have been liv­ing in Cam­bridge for eight years af­ter pre­vi­ously liv­ing in Aus­tralia.

Trevor and Lenora Shel­ley were pool­side keep­ing an eye on their grand­chil­dren, Re­becca, 9, and Dal­las, 13. They’ve been com­ing down to the pool for swim train­ing ev­ery day dur­ing the hol­i­days.

They, too, are ex­cited that Cam­bridge is to get a new swim­ming pool com­plex.

“It will be an ex­cel­lent fa­cil­ity for the com­mu­nity to have,” said Trevor.

Life­guard Daniel Mor­ris said the beauty of the new com­plex is peo­ple will get to swim all year round.

“The in­door pool will be 25 me­tres long, like Te Awa­mutu’s, with 10 lanes.

“The good as­pect of the build is that the cur­rent 50m out­door pool is to re­main and be up­graded.”

Pool man­ager Jay Shel­gren said he loves com­ing to work each day through­out the summer.

“It’s a nice, fun en­vi­ron­ment en­joyed by peo­ple of all age groups. The pool is user friendly, be­ing only 90cm deep in the shal­low end and 1.3m at the deep end.”

Jay said there are some very good swim­mers who take ad­van­tage of the 50m pool.

“The New Zealand Triathlon squad train here. Olympian Ryan Sissons is a reg­u­lar, work­ing out here three to four times a week, and the St Peter’s School swim squad trains here,” he said.

“We also have a large group of up to 40 se­nior age swim­mers who at­tend five days a week from 9am to 10am, and for­mer world cy­cling champion Sarah Ulmer is a reg­u­lar leisure swim­mer with her kids.”

HOL­I­DAY FUN: From left, El­liott Doole, his cousin Elias and sis­ter Elena jump­ing for joy at the Cam­bridge pool on Thurs­day.

Life­guard Daniel Mor­ris ex­plains what the new swim­ming com­plex at Cam­bridge will in­volve to local res­i­dents Lenora and Trevor Shel­ley.

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