Chelsea Seymour, Cyndari Parton, Jasmin Betteridge and Keely Falconer won the first swimming relay at the Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre opneing.
Chelsea Seymour, Cyndari Parton, Jasmin Betteridge and Keely Falconer won the first swimming relay at the Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre opneing. Craig Warhurst

Beach pool in the swim

A HISTORIC first relay race was swum and won on Sunday at Rainbow Beach.

The race may not have been as important as a gold medal in the coming London Olympics but for Rainbow Beach the race was symbolic of a long held goal won by the community - to have their own swimming pool.

Rainbow Beach now has the best swimming facility in the Gympie region.

The 25m pool has 10 lanes constructed to Olympic short course standard.

It is heated for all year swimming and includes amenities, change rooms and disabled facilities.

The $2 million plus state-of- art facility was opened by Senator John Hogg Sunday morning. He followed up his official duties by starting the first race in the pool.

The young swimmers can thank Rainbow Beach Sport and Recreation for the fantastic facility.

Manager Rick Modin was one of the main drivers behind the pool's construction.

He said the pool had always been one of the long term goals of the club.

In an opening speech he thanked all involved in bringing the project to reality.

Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne congratulated the Rainbow Beach Sport and Recreation club committee for their hard work. The club has contributed more than $700,000 to the project.

Gympie Times


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