PEOPLE power has won out, and the heat is finally back on at the Tea Gardens Public Swimming pool.
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MidCoast Council installed the new solar heating last week at a cost of over $30,000.
Members of the Myall Masters Swimming group and other constant users of the pool had protested long and hard since the old solar heating was decommissioned last summer.
Myall Masters Swimming President Chris Lock told News Of The Area, “We’re thrilled.”
The solar heating was installed last Tuesday and by Wednesday it had already made a huge difference to the water temperature.
“It was 21 degrees in the water,” Chris said.
“It’s been set to 27 degrees and it’s quite an elaborate arrangement, in can be in tropical mode which means the air temperature can be cooler than the water.”
With the lines repainted and the pool cleaned, it’s now all systems go for the Masters Swimmers ahead of their annual carnival early next year.
Of course the Masters are already competing, seven swimmers recently travelled to Toronto for the Lake Macquarie Crocs BPS meet.
“All swimmers, Leon Bobako, Allan Wilson, Linda Stubbs, Michael Rose, Cheryl Rose, Chris Lock and Chris Mobbs did well in their respective age groups with stand out performances from Cheryl and Leon with both gaining maximum points with first placing in each event entered,” Valerie Mobbs said.
“Cheryl, Linda, Leon and Chris Mobbs placed second in the mixed 200m freestyle relay, just pipped at the post by Ryde Masters.”
At the end of the meet, Myall Masters was placed sixth out of the 14 clubs and are still well and truly maintaining first place in second division.
By Margie TIERNEY