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YMCA marks five years

Saturday, 2nd December, 2017

YMCA’s Dana Kingdon, Jacinta Simmons, Jason Jones, Shane Simmons and Danielle Smith have been there at the start, since 2012. PICTURE: Supplied YMCA’s Dana Kingdon, Jacinta Simmons, Jason Jones, Shane Simmons and Danielle Smith have been there at the start, since 2012. PICTURE: Supplied

The YMCA is celebrating their fifth successful year of running the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre.

They began management of the centre in 2012, engaging the town through learn-to-swim services, school programs, community events and the popular gym that has been incorporated into the facility.

Broken Hill YMCA Area Manager Shane Simmons is very happy with their five year run so far and ready to do more.

“Five years on I look back at the journey, and obviously our work is not done yet. We still have many significant achievements and projects that we want to undertake,” he said.

Mr Simmons didn’t expect to hold the centre for so long, only having a two year plan to begin with.

Yet, with the centre having just over 670,000 visits to the pool and currently with more than 570 children involved in their swimming programs each week, the town has helped boost the YMCA’s community involvement and planning potential for the future.

“I really call Broken Hill home now, it’s a place that I love and I see myself staying for the long term and if that’s continuing running the aquatic centre then I’ve got one of the best jobs in the Hill.”

The YMCA is currently going under a $4.5 million redevelopment at its Chloride Street Centre.

However, the YMCA and the City Council are in talks over a joint application for $1.3 million infrastructure works on the Aquatic Centre that will feature a splash park for patrons and further sustainability measures.

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