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Gold Coast Aquatic Centre reopens with a splash

Katherine Maloney | June 2018

Following its starring role in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre has now reopened to the public.

The $41 million venue hosted 60 medal events for the swimming and diving competitions during the Games.

Its permanent seating capacity of 1,000 was temporarily expanded to 12,500 to accommodate the big crowds that the swimming and diving medal events attracted.

The venue has successfully dismantled and removed the temporary seating but still has some re-turfing that is yet to be completed. The City of Gold Coast’s main priority is to get the doors open for the community.

Fitness classes kick off from Monday 18 June with a free community event Aquafest being held on Saturday 23 June from 10am – 2pm.

The event will feature diving and synchronised swimming displays, inflatable obstacle course, novelty pool races, prize giveaways, a sausage sizzle and plenty of fun activities for kids of all ages. Free access to the centre will also allow patrons to tour the facility.

Adults can test their fitness and flexibility at one of the free group fitness classes; aqua aerobics, yoga or spin and the kids can jump in the pool and receive a free learn to swim assessment.

If you can’t get along to Aquafest, you can still join the gym this month to receive a special fitness membership for under $16 a week* or kids learn to swim for $12 a class*. *Conditions apply.

The Centre’s reopening is part of the scheduled reopening of all the City venues that were used in the Commonwealth Games. The Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre (GCSLC) opened 4 June and Coomera Indoor Sports Centre is due to open 17 June.

These venues are already booked out until the end of the year with events including the Netball Australia test match at the GCSLC and the Pan Pacific Master Games for Swimming and Diving, 2018 FINA Grand Prix and the Australian Transplant Games at the Aquatic Centre.

Formerly the Southport Pool, the Aquatic Centre was the first new Commonwealth Games competition venue. It was completed in June 2014, just in time for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and officially opened the doors to the public in September 2014.

It now boasts six pools including a 50 metre competition pool, a dive pool and a dry dive facility. Additional community facilities include a learn to swim pool and children’s play pool, café, state of the art fitness centre, function rooms and a crèche.

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