New NSC pool to be finished by autumn
The much-anticipated Aquatics Centre at the National Sports Centre, complete with 50-metre pool, diving pool, therapeutic facilities for rehabilitation, should be up-and-running by the early autumn.
Sports Minister Glenn Blakeney said the multi-million dollar project, which has been in the pipeline for several years, would reflect the needs of the whole community, not just those of the Island’s elite athletes.
Minister Blakeney was joined at today’s press conference by chairman of the NSC trustees Sean Tucker and Canadian sports consultant Bernie Asbell, who will check up on the facility’s progress and advise on operational matters.
“Our vision for the Aquatic Centre, which will be the only 50 metre pool on the Island upon completion, is a community-centric facility that offers a range of aquatic opportunities, including swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming,” said Blakeney.
“We envisage that the Aquatic Centre will be utilised by both elite athletes who are very serious about water-based sports, as well as recreational individuals who merely want to enjoy an afternoon in the pool.
“This will require a well-designed operational schedule that reflects the requirements of each type of activity.”