SUMMER in western Sydney conjures images of families and children splashing in the local community swimming pool.
Ready for the pilgrims: Wenty Leagues swimming club president Tom Lamont.
Wentworthville residents fought hard to keep their local pool when Holroyd Council proposed closing its three pools.
Wenty Leagues Swimming Club president Tom Lamont said it was good to know the pool was safe for the community to use.
“There’s a pilgrimage to the pool in summer,” he said.
“Especially with the large Indian and Sri Lankan community here, they love it.
“We’ve got people in their 80s [in our club] who still come every week and do their 800 metres. We have a barbecue or sit around and have a coffee; it’s good family fun.”
Blacktown Aquatic Centre is also a favourite destination for the community each summer.
But as well as being a place of leisure, it has strong links to world-class competitive swimming.
President of the Blacktown City Swim Club president Paul Watts said his club had been around since 1961.
“We’ve had at least one Olympian; Michelle De Vries went to the 1976 games,” he said.
“And Kenrick Monk swam at Blacktown when he was younger.”
Blacktown pool even had a world record set in its waters by Kieren Perkins, who became the fastest swimmer over 800 metres in 1992.
Both clubs are open to new members.
But if it’s just a splash to cool off that people are after, there are pools in western Sydney open all summer;
■ Waves Fitness and Aquatic Centreat Baulkham Hills is open 5.30am-9pm, Monday to Thursday; 5.30am-6.30pm Friday; 7am-5pm on weekends;
■ Galston Aquatic Centre is open Thursday, 5.30am-9pm; Friday, 5.30am-7pm; Saturday, 7am-5pm; Sunday, 7am-5pm; New Year’s Eve, 5.30am-5pm; and New Year’s Day, 9am to 5pm. Usual hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5.30am-9pm; Tuesday, 5.30am-7.30pm; Friday, 5.30am-7pm and weekends, 7am-5pm.
■ Blacktown Leisure Centre, Stanhope is open 5.30am-9pm Monday to Friday; and 8am-5pm on weekends. On New Year’s Day it will open from noon to 5pm.
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