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Clarence Aquatic Centre YMCA claims top honour

CLARENCE Aquatic Centre YMCA and YMCA of Hobart staff have been recognised for their outstanding achievements at the annual AUSTSWIM and RLSSA AquaVate conference.

Held in Hobart in October, the conference featured keynote speakers who encouraged and motivated individuals and organisations to work closely together in developing strategies to increase water awareness throughout Tasmanian communities.

Among the individuals awarded for teaching excellence and contribution, the Clarence City Council-owned pool was named Royal Lifesaving Aquatic Facility of the Year under the management of YMCA of Hobart.

YMCA of Hobart chief executive officer Melissa Carlton said credit was due to the staff and management of the facility.

“I am really proud of the consistent achievements that the team has made over the past 12 months,” she said.

“The award is such a credit to their hard work and really shows their level of commitment to ensuring we maintain such a quality facility for our local community.

“We are also grateful to Clarence City Council for its support as this award would not have been possible without the council’s continued investment in the facility.”

Speaking on behalf of the council, Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said he congratulated the centre’s staff and management for their outstanding achievement at the awards.

“These awards recognise the hard work that has been put into this facility over many years,” he said.

“The Clarence Aquatic Centre is a facility that our community can be proud of.

“It caters to people of all ages and abilities, from those who use the facility to have a social swim with family and friends and maintain a healthy lifestyle, as well as those who participate in a range of programs on offer, such as learn to swim.”

Along with staff at the Clarence Aquatic Centre YMCA, a number of other YMCA individuals from Barossa Park YMCA and Glenorchy Pool also won awards at the event.

YMCA of Hobart, through its three aquatic facilities and the YMCA Swim School, provides swimming and water safety programs for infants through to older adults.

Lessons are delivered at the Clarence Aquatic Centre YMCA, Glenorchy War Memorial Pool and the new Barossa Park YMCA Wellness Centre in Glenorchy.

Caption: From left, YMCA of Hobart chief executive officer Melissa Carlton, Royal Life Saving’s Paula Robertson and Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman, with YMCA staff Phil Venables, Tracey Rowell, Simon Marsland, Denise Palmer, Anne Burrows and Chloe Morgan.