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14 October 2020
Champion Horsham swimmer Deacon Briggs was among water-lovers keen to return to the city’s outdoor pool on Monday.
Briggs, pictured preparing for a St Brigid’s College Sports Academy session, was happy to take full advantage of Horsham Aquatic Centre opening Horsham War Memorial Swimming Pool earlier than usual.
He said he was keen to return to the water to prepare for upcoming national swimming championships.
“We’re still not sure if it’s going ahead, but it’s worth training for,” he said. “I’m swimming more for fun right now, because it’s been a while since I’ve been in the water – although I swim in the bathtub sometimes. To be back in the water will be good.”
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Due to government COVID-19 restrictions, the centre can only offer outdoor sporting pursuits, including lap or recreational swimming and outdoor fitness classes.
The outdoor pool is open from 6am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm Monday to Friday and is closed on weekends.
Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
Horsham Rural City Council confirmed the annual opening date would come forward following State Government confirmation that outdoor pools could reopen as part of the third step of the easing of COVID restrictions.
To ensure the health and safety of visitors, staff and the broader community, the pool’s reopening will comply with the government restrictions.
For people keen to use the pool –
• All sessions must be booked in advance via Horsham Aquatic Centre’s website.
• There will be a maximum of 50 swimmers, lap and recreational swimming allowed.
Horsham council chief executive Sunil Bhalla said the decision to open the pool came after discussions with the aquatic centre operator YMCA and regular users.
“In previous years the outdoor pool has opened in late November,” he said.
“We’ve had contact with several community members who have requested the pool be opened early, given the COVID pandemic’s impact on opportunity for recreational activities.”
Outdoor pool opening hours will be Monday to Friday from 6am until 10am and 4pm to 7pm.
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