Maryborough Aquatic Centre: From flood devastation to AustSwim awards

A PANDEMIC and two major floods have not been able stop the Maryborough Aquatic Centre from making a splash on the national scene.

The Maryborough Aquatic Centre has received State and National AustSwim Awards for best large swim centre despite being flooded twice in 2022. PHOTO: Supplied.

The facility has taken out the AustSwim State and National awards for best large swim centre.

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Fraser Coast Regional Council CEO Ken Diehm said the awards were recognition of the hardwork and dedication of the staff who had to contend with COVID-19 shutting the pools and then having to rebuild after floods earlier this year devastated the centre.

“They have rebuilt the facility and regained the support of the community,” Mr Diehm said.

He said there had been a 15 per cent increase in attendance numbers across the swim classes since the pool reopened in June.

“I think that really shows that the community has confidence in the instructors and the staff at the centre are liked and well respected.”

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Program Supervisor at the facility Joel Seeney was previously the recipient of an Austswim award for Aqua Instructor of the year award.

“The award shows that regional facilities and their staff are just as talented and dedicated as those in the bigger centres,” Mr Diehm said.

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The AUSTSWIM awards are presented to facilities and individuals in Australia that achieve the highest standards of aquatic education excellence.

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“The awards mean a lot to staff and is fantastic recognition of the hard work that they have put in to pick themselves up and rebuild.”

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