The official opening of the new $41 million Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on Saturday 13 September will be more than just a huge pool party, with locals encouraged to take part in a world record attempt.
Mayor Tom Tate said the Gold Coast would be aiming to set a new Guinness World Record for the most number of bathing caps worn in one location at the opening.
“The current record is 2049 and is held by Georgia, USA. However, swimming is intrinsic to the Gold Coast lifestyle, so it’s a world record we should have,” said Cr Tate.
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“The aquatic centre is at its heart a community facility that brings people together, so this is a great opportunity for our community to come together, have some fun and set a new world record in the process.
“The pool party on 13 September will celebrate a significant milestone for our Commonwealth Games preparations, as the first new venue to be opened to the community.
“Entry to the aquatic centre will be free, and there’ll be family activities, diving and synchronised swimming demonstrations, entertainment, athletes past and present and much more.
“This will also be a unique opportunity to become a foundation member of the aquatic centre and people will be able to sign up for memberships and register for learn-to-swim and other programs on the day.
“The opening of the aquatic centre will be a great occasion for the Gold Coast and an event not-to-be-missed, so make sure you bring the whole family.”
The public must register for the Guinness World Record attempt for the largest number of swimming caps. Participants will get to keep their commemorative swimming cap and as a one-off offer, the first 100 people to sign up for any swimming membership at the centre also get a free commemorative towel.
The opening of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is on Saturday, 13 September 2014 from 9:30am to 12pm. This free community event will have plenty of activities, food and entertainment for the whole family.
For full event details and to register for the world record attempt, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/aquaticcentre.