Sydney swimmers say thanks a million

Sydney swimmers say thanks a million

Sweltering Sydneysiders have flocked to the City of Sydney’s award-winning pools in record numbers to escape the prolonged heatwave.

More than one million customers have now passed through the turnstiles of the City’s five fitness and aquatic centres in just seven months – the fastest recorded time the milestone has been reached in any financial year.

Paddington resident Eric Hung was delighted to become the one millionth customer at Prince Alfred Park pool on Wednesday morning for his daily dip.

“I’ve been coming to Prince Alfred Park pool for the past four years. I love the design of the place and the fact that it’s outdoors. It really does feel like an oasis and it’s very easy to forget that you’re in the middle of a city like Sydney,” Mr Hung said.

Prince Alfred Park Pool was re-opened in 2013 following a major upgrade and has since won eight awards recognising excellence in architecture, design and landscaping.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said: “With the scorching heatwaves we’ve experienced in Sydney this summer, we’ve had record numbers of locals and visitors in for a swim in our city pools.

“International visitors are increasingly flocking to our pools alongside residents and workers – whether it’s the classic Andrew Boy Charlton pool overlooking the harbour or the award winning Prince Alfred Park Pool next to Central Station.

“We’ve followed up the record-breaking summer with more investment, installing new cardio equipment at the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in Ultimo and the Cook + Phillip Park in Sydney’s CBD.

“With five months of the financial year still to run, we’ve already broken the record for most visits to our city pools.

“Our aquatic and fitness centres are world-class, giving our residents the chance to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle at an affordable price.”

Belgravia Leisure CEO, Nick Cox, said he was proud the organisation managed all five of the City’s pools – Andrew (Boy) Charlton, Cook + Phillip Park Pool, Prince Alfred Park Pool, the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and Victoria Park Pool.

Eric Hung (left) from Paddington is the 1 Millionth customer at Prince Alfred Mark Pool in Surry Hills, David Riordan (city of Sydney operations director) (centre) and James Ellender (NSW state manger for Belgravier the company that manages the pool) (right). Photo by Damian Shaw / City of Sydney

“We’re thrilled to manage some of the finest pools in the country and have a range of exciting events and initiatives on the horizon,” Mr Cox said.

“Prince Alfred Park Pool will be hosting the Little Heroes family fun day on Saturday 11 March, including novelty races, a petting zoo, sausage sizzle, lucky prize draws, face painting and swimming lessons for children with a disability”.

The City inspired 360 membership program provides access to all five fitness and aquatic centres, with three categories designed to suit various customer needs.

360 Active and 360 Pro now include the Face2Face program, which offers the customer five, free personal training sessions and a support when you need it most.

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Phone 0467 803 815 or email acauchi@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson. Phone 0499 319 385 or email mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au