Swim clubs flock to Rotorua for winter training over school holidays

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Rotorua Aquatic Centre is laying out the welcome mat as its geothermal heated pools and indoor facilities attract North Island swimming clubs to the local swimming complex during the July school holidays.

aquaticsThe aquatic centre has been hosting the out-of-town clubs over the past two weeks as they flock to Rotorua for their winter training camps.

In the first week of the holidays alone, Swimzone Racing, Parnell, and Waterhole from Auckland; Te Awamutu Club; St Pauls from Hamilton; St Peters from Cambridge; and Napiers Aquahawks have trained at the aquatic centre.

RDC aquatic & leisure manager, Louis Sylvester, said the teams have come to take advantage of the centres unique geothermal heated 50 metre pool and much sought-after indoor facilities.

He said more than 150 swimmers, coaches and parents have come to the city to train at the facility, with some staying for the entire week.

The visiting swimmers provide a welcome boost not only to the aquatic centre, but they also bring economic benefits to the community through accommodation, hospitality, recreation, food and retail providers.

Laying out the welcome mat to swim clubs from around the North Island is not only part of fulfilling our vision of being New Zealands leader in aquatic facilities and services, but ensures that Rotorua as a whole is a winner.

Local swim club, Swim Rotorua, which operates from the aquatic centre, has strongly supported the visiting teams.

Head coach Alastair Johnson says the clubs young swimmers welcome the opportunity to train with other clubs.

It gives me the chance to swap ideas with other coaches, and its also ideal for our preparation for the big winter competitions that are coming up, he said.

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