Dolphin Pool Gala Reopening Weekend

Olympic heroes past and present will make special appearances at a gala reopening weekend at the Dolphin Swimming Pool in Poole in January.

Double rowing gold medallist James Cracknell and teenage diving sensation Tom Daley will visit Poole on January 8-10.

And Strictly Come Dancing stars Ola and James Jordan will walk on water when they perform on a specially constructed stage built over the pool.

The New Year “extravaganza” has been arranged as a thank you to customers for their patience during the Dolphin’s extended closure in 2009.

David Green-wood, area manager for Sports and Leisure Management Ltd (SLM), which runs three Poole sports centres on behalf of the council, said: “We are delighted to be officially re-opening Everyone Active Leisure Centre Poole with such a star-studded line up. He added: “We are also offering special taster sessions during the course of the weekend to show the local community the great facilities that we have available at the centre.”

The Strictly stars will be the first visitors on Friday 8 January 2010 and will give dance classes as part of the official opening of the health studio.

James Cracknell will be handing on training tips as he helps open the fitness suite on Saturday, 9 January 2010

And Tom Daley, one of Team GB’s big gold medal hopes for London 2012, will judge a dive competition – and do a demonstration dive himself – to mark the pool’s reopening on Sunday 10 January 2010.

Various classes and family events will also run alongside the celebrity appearances over the weekend.

The thank you gesture to users of the Dolphin comes after the centre was shut for more than three months following an electrical fire in July.

Although the centre’s gym and fitness facilities reopened in October, users were only able to return to the swimming pool a few weeks ago.

[via This is Bournemouth]

About SLM

SLM recently won the ASA award for Facility Operator of the Year for the second year running at the Swimtastic Awards 2009. The judges from the Amateur Swimming Association recognized SLM for its proactive approach and quality delivery. The comments from the judges stated that, “SLM was formed in 1987 and operator/manage leisure centres on behalf of 20 local authorities across a total of 63 centres. They help to deliver value for money as well as increasing participation. SLM is a proactive organisation which is keen to ensure quality is at the heart of all they do. SLM has helped the ASA to develop a number of products and services and use the ASA Awards scheme across all its 50 pools.”


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