Pool party as leisure centre turns 50!

Mayor at Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Making a splash: Mayor, Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou, celebrates with Sunbury children.

Inflatable fun and aerobic activities will help the Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre to celebrate its golden anniversary.

The popular centre turns 50 on Sunday 6 March 2016, and Hume City Council invites everyone to join in the birthday treats.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said a variety of events was planned for the centre across several days.

“Leisure centres don’t turn 50 every day, and we thought it was important to make a real splash about this milestone,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“The Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre has served the township very well, and generations of families have enjoyed its gym and swimming pool.

“Children will be able to celebrate the birthday on Sunday between 1pm and 3pm, as the centre inflates colourful objects that will float on top of the pool.

“The afternoon will be a real hoot, and a fitting way to mark an exciting half-century.

“Throughout next week, staff members at the Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre will present physical challenges and aerobic activities for people of all ages.

“I encourage everyone to pop down to this fantastic centre, and join in the party!”

The Shire of Bulla officially opened the centre’s 50 metre, outdoor pool on 6 March 1966, and it is still utilised every day.

On 28 May 1989, the leisure centre received a real boost, as the Shire of Bulla added to the site a new indoor pool, gymnasium, spa and steam room, childcare centre, kiosk, and reception areas.

On 7 July 1992, the centre welcomed a larger gym, which enabled aerobics to commence for the first time.

The gym served Sunbury well until March 2006, when Hume City Council delivered the centre a new state-of-the-art gymnasium.

This gymnasium measured 400 square metres, and was designed to help cater for the rise in population across Sunbury.

In the coming years, Hume City Council hopes to add a warm water pool to the centre.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said many champion athletes had trained at the Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

“Chantelle Newbery became a household name when she won a gold medal in diving at the 2004 Athens Olympics,” she said.

“The Aussie great trained regularly at our Sunbury centre, just like Samantha Hamill who swam butterfly for Australia at the Beijing and London Olympics.”

Paralympian Chris Mullins, who won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, developed his strength at the Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

A number of AFL players have also been supported by the centre, including Geelong and Essendon star James Kelly who undertook swimming lessons at Sunbury as a child.

The Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre is located at 20 Ligar Street.

To learn more about the centre, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 2 March 2016

Updated : 9:58 AM, 7 March 2016

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