Swimming pools not made for competition

There isn’t a single pool in the entire Lower Mainland where a national event in any of the Olympic water disciplines could be staged.

I am afraid that once again the bias against competitive sport has shown itself with the recent decision by Surrey council to build two community pools, rather than building at least one of them capable of handling elite competition.

I recently attended the BC Summer Games at the Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex, where it was virtually impossible to watch either the racing or synchronized swimming events due to overcrowding and lack of a proper viewing gallery.

There isn’t a single pool in the entire Lower Mainland where a national event in any of the water disciplines (racing, diving, synchronized swimming or water polo) could be staged.

 

Kurt Friesen

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