Elgin pool upgrade puts smiles on faces

GREAT PLACE TO START: Swimmers who have gone on to compete at national championships had their initial lessons at Elgin School. Among these are Holly Fisher (far left) and Imogen Amor-Bendall (second from left) and (from right) Jamie Joblin, Emma Niven and Jodiesha Kirkpatrick. Some of them were taught by Carol Wood (centre). Jamie Isemonger (third from left) is now their coach. Picture by Liam Clayton

Young swimmers are enjoying the benefits of a $27,000 pool upgrade at Elgin School.

The pool got a spruce-up and the indoor facility also now features a wall mural by Gisborne artist Rosie Cruddas.

Comet Swimming Club manager Rochelle Somerton said the pool was closed during the school holidays for the facelift and children were delighted when they saw the result.

“It was so nice to see all their happy faces,” she said.

The pool was also closed in the July holidays while structural beams were replaced.

Elgin School, in partnership with the Comet swimming club, runs learn-to-swim classes at the school pool.

Mrs Somerton said a number of swimmers who had gone on to compete in national championships were taught initially at the Elgin pool.

The club received $5000 from Infinity Foundation for the upgrade.

This year’s improvements came three years after the outside of the pool building was replaced at a cost of $20,000.

The club’s more advanced swimmers are based at the Olympic Pool and they have a new head coach, Jamie Isemonger.

Young swimmers are enjoying the benefits of a $27,000 pool upgrade at Elgin School.

The pool got a spruce-up and the indoor facility also now features a wall mural by Gisborne artist Rosie Cruddas.

Comet Swimming Club manager Rochelle Somerton said the pool was closed during the school holidays for the facelift and children were delighted when they saw the result.

“It was so nice to see all their happy faces,” she said.

The pool was also closed in the July holidays while structural beams were replaced.

Elgin School, in partnership with the Comet swimming club, runs learn-to-swim classes at the school pool.

Mrs Somerton said a number of swimmers who had gone on to compete in national championships were taught initially at the Elgin pool.

The club received $5000 from Infinity Foundation for the upgrade.

This year’s improvements came three years after the outside of the pool building was replaced at a cost of $20,000.

The club’s more advanced swimmers are based at the Olympic Pool and they have a new head coach, Jamie Isemonger.

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