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Stanthorpe Swimming Pool remains open for warm weather and budding champions

28 March 2019

Stanthorpe Pool’s opening hours will be extended until early April following a hugely successful season for the region’s budding champion swimmers.

Two of Stanthorpe Swimming Pool’s squad members have qualified for the 2019 Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide, while 13 swimmers have qualified for both Queensland and New South Wales state titles. 

The summer season was due to end on 31 March but the pool will now remain open until Tuesday, 9 April 2019 to ensure the squad can continue to train in the lead-up to competition.

From Monday 1 April to Tuesday 9 April the opening hours will be 6am to 9am and 3.30pm to 6pm.

Stanthorpe Swimming Pool Manager Michael Smail said extending the pool’s opening hours would support squad members in preparing for championships, while benefitting many of the region’s keen swimmers.

“Extending the pool’s opening hours will ensure it is available to lap swimmers, aqua aerobics and the general public to use the pool and most importantly, our squad swimmers,” Mr Smail said.

“Keeping the pool opened for a few more weeks will enable our swimmers who have worked so hard to continue training up until they leave to compete in championships. 

“This will also assist those children who already have to travel quite some distance for training from having to travel even further.

“We have had a number of enquiries from swimmers in Warwick who wish to use the 50 metre Stanthorpe pool to better their training schedules for state titles. There has been a lot of interest from our lap swimmers to keep our facility open, especially with the warm weather we’ve had.”

Councillor for Events, Sports, Parks and Recreation, Yve Stocks said Mr Smail and wife Gail, who coaches the squad, should be congratulated on a stellar season.

“The Southern Downs boasts wonderful sportsmen and women and Council is delighted to be able to help support the region’s budding young swimmers by extending the pool’s season for a few more weeks,” Cr Stocks said.

“Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Smail and all squad members on a hugely successful swimming season. Good luck to those swimmers who will be competing at state or national level. I’m sure you will do the region proud!”

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