The redevelopment of the Miami Aquatic Centre is well underway, with Mayor Tom Tate joining former Olympian Giaan Rooney to inspect the progress of the $18 million project.
On track for completion early next year, the upgraded facility will feature a brand new 10-lane 50-metre Olympic pool, a learn to swim pool, administration building and carpark.
“This project is absolutely money well spent. It’s on time and on budget” Mayor Tom Tate told myGC.
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“Miami is the city’s second most popular pool, attracting over 350,000 patrons each year, but the centre has remained largely unchanged since it was built in the 1970s.
“This redevelopment will create a more contemporary facility which will continue to serve all ages in the community as well as, we hope, breed future champions like Giaan.”
Ms Rooney said she had fond memories of Miami from her squad training days, which began there in the early 1990s and prepared her for the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games, as well as the 2000 Olympics.
“It is safe to say that training at Miami has changed the course of my life in more ways than one,” she said.
“I will never forget the hard work that was done there, and the lessons I learnt about myself during those gruelling training sessions or the feeling of dread in the early days before the new 50 metre pool was built when I would show up at 5am and there was no steam coming off the pool as the heaters had frozen over – that taught me I had a strength I never knew I had!
“I can’t wait to see the finished centre, as it will provide state of the art training facilities for the next generation of swimming champions Miami has always produced, as well as a much-needed community hub that will benefit locals from all walks of life.”