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Pool officially opened

Wednesday, 9th September, 2009

A crowd of 250 invited guests gathered to witness the official opening of the Silver City Swimming Club's new 25 metre pool on Saturday.

The three-lane pool, which includes diving blocks that were used at the Beijing Olympics, was constructed in the vacant block behind local swimming coach Neville Shore's automotive business.

The new pool will be utilised by members of the Silver City Swimming Club while City Council's 50 metre pool is closed over the winter months. The pool will also be used during those hours outside of the 150-member club's allowed training times at the Council pool. Silver City Swimming Club president Peter Oldsen told those gathered at Saturday's opening that the pool was the dream of his father-in-law, Neville, who had dedicated 36 years of his life to coaching aspiring swimmers. "When I look around at this fabulous facility, I can't help but think back to how this great dream all began," Mr Oldsen said. "Back in October 2007 we were having difficulty getting training space at the Council run facility and we all thought - wouldn't it be great to have our own lap pool for training? "Nev said why not, and so the dream was born." Mr Oldsen said what was initially meant to be a short-term project took longer than expected but that everything came together in the end. "The contractor said it would be finished by December and then by February and then by April and then not at all," he said. "I am extremely proud of what the club and its swimmers, coaches, supporters, sponsors and patrons have been able to achieve in a such a short time. "Thank you to everyone involved. It just goes to show what can be achieved when you have willing and capable support." Mr Oldsen said it was pleasing to see the dream transformed into a reality. "It is such a joy to see the kids swimming in the pool and everyone at the Silver City Swim Club enjoying this wonderful facility." Saturday's opening ceremony also included a speech by Morgan Street School principal and club patron Chris Dougherty. Local teenager Anna Dennis sang, Ross Mawby blessed the new pool and Neville and his wife Elizabeth - also an integral part of the project - cut the ribbon and unveiled the new pool plaque. Phil Bowen, who is on the Board of Directors for Swimming SA, welcomed the local club to Swimming SA and Silver City Swimming Club Captains Josh Barrett and Ellysia Oldsen did a lap of honour. Mr Shore thanked all involved in the project in his speech.

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