Indoor aquatic centre set to make a splash

THIRTY years after it was first discussed, Tamworth’s state-of-the art indoor aquatic centre is almost here.

Excitement is brewing at the multi-million dollar health and fitness centre in preparation for its official unveiling tomorrow.

Civic leaders and dignitaries will preside over the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow before the highly anticipated complex is opened to the public on Saturday.

It has been a whirlwind seven months for 360 Fitness owners Dwone Jones and Jay Lynch, who have witnessed their ambitious project come to life.

“It’s exactly what we had hoped for,” Mr Lynch said yesterday in between the mammoth task of moving equipment from the old Belmore St premises.

Ten lucky raffle winners will make waves on Friday as the first people to dive into the new 25m swimming pool to claim their prizes as part of the centre’s Ronald McDonald House Charity Pool Jump.

On Saturday, the centre at Beaufort St, Taminda, is expected to be a hive of activity as the grand opening celebrations kick off from 9am to 4pm.

“The cafe is going to be open and there will be gourmet hotdogs going for $4 a pop,” Mr Lynch said.

“There’s going to be a band, a marquee and access to the gym and the pool is free. There will be a groupitness marathon between 10am and noon and the creche is also free for people who aren’t our members.”

Mr Jones said: “We’re going to be showcasing the clinic for the first time and our exercise physiologist and dietician will be there ... basically we’re giving everyone a preview of the services we offer.”  

Special guest Steve ‘The Commando’ Willis from the The Biggest Loser will also be on hand, putting two groups through their paces in tough military-style boot camps.

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