REPRESENTATIVES from international swimming powerhouse the United States have toured the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre ahead of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in August.
Officials from USA Swimming joined Mayor Tom Tate to inspect progress on the $41 million redevelopment project, which commenced construction in March last year and is due to finish in time for the competition.
Once complete, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will be home to a 10-lane 50 metre competition pool, a learn-to-swim pool, elevated spectator concourse/viewing terrace, new change room, gym and toilet facilities, community meeting rooms, event facilities, permanent seating for approximately 1000 people, and refurbishment of the existing eight-lane 50 metre pool and dive.
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Mayor Tom Tate said he was looking forward to the aquatic centre becoming the training venue of choice for some of the world’s best swimming teams.
“The visit by USA Swimming highlights the growing international interest in what will be a truly world class swimming and diving venue on the Gold Coast and we look forward to welcoming them here in August for a fantastic Pan Pacs event,” said Cr Tate.
“When it’s finished, the aquatic centre will not only be Australia’s newest international swimming competition venue, it will also bolster the Gold Coast’s reputation as an elite and high performance training destination.
“The City recently released its Gold Coast Sport Plan 2013 – 2023 and some of the key objectives of this plan are to boost the Gold Coast’s sporting events portfolio and reputation, as well as attract more high performance training camps, sports business and tourism.
“I know the US swim team is no stranger to the Gold Coast and my message to them is we have the facilities, the weather and the attractions to match anywhere in the world and our doors are always open to you to come here to train.”
Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey said the Pan Pacs was one of the biggest events in world swimming and USA Swimming were keen to inspect the aquatic centre’s facilities ahead of competition.
“The aquatic centre is on time and on budget and well on track to make its international debut as the venue for the Pan Pacs in August.
“It’s great to have USA Swimming here to inspect the new aquatic centre during the construction phase so they know what facilities will be available to them in the future.”
Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said the Pan Pacific Championships would be the perfect opportunity for Australians to see the Australian Swim Team compete in home waters.
“To be able to compete against the USA, Japan and Canada at home, and in a brand new facility is a great opportunity for our athletes and coaches to perform against world class competitors. We have been really encouraged by the support of swimming and sports fans getting behind our team as we continue on our evolution both in and out of the water.
“Everyone in the swimming community is looking forward to having a world class swimming facility on the Gold Coast and the Pan Pacs will be the ideal way to showcase this terrific new venue to the world.”