The following report was presented by HRM Staff to HRM Council on November 14th along with the report noted below. Our focus group has met twice and will continue to meet in the New Year.
Representatives from Synchronized Swimming (Synchro) NS, Water-polo NS, Diving NS and Swim NS attended the focus group. Generally, participants perceive gaps in the provision of pools that can be used for aquatic sports. All groups reported a wide range of interested age groups, reporting participants from 4 to 80 years old, and growing numbers year over year. Some swim clubs are reporting wait lists that cannot be accommodated due to a lack of pool time. A new aquatic facility was highlighted as a means of addressing the group’s concerns. A new facility could include spectator seating, sufficient deck space, dry-land training, gyms, judging space, warmup pools, an adjacent ‘sport’ school and classrooms. The facility would be the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, and allow for National competitions. Other opportunities for improvement included consistent rental fees, improved scheduling transparency and procedures, reduced costs at existing facilities. Likewise, affordability was cited as more important than location and condition.
I will continue to circulate information as it becomes available.
Bette El-Hawary, Executive Director