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WORLD WORLD


FOCUS


The 900sq m fi tness area offers around 26 group


exercises classes a week, as well as a fully-equipped gym


equivalent of our school sports days, but on a much bigger scale. All the schools in New South Wales take part and, during these months, the pool is used to capacity pretty much every day. Then, during the summer months, the athletics carnivals take place.


fitness offering But even though swimming is obviously the focus of the centre, the health and fitness offering has become more important over the last few years, with serious investment and a consequent uplift in income. The health and fitness offering is spread over four distinct areas – the main 60-station gym, a free weights zone and two cardio/circuit areas – totalling around 900sq m. The main gym area has its own dedicated reception


Sydney needed a world-class facility up and running as part of the bid, to demonstrate its capacity to build and operate the right class of facility for the Games. The centre shut to the public for several months


before the Olympics, and for three months during the event. However, because the community always knew this would happen, and because they were so heavily involved in the event itself, this didn’t cause a problem. Since the Games, a lot of companies have moved


their corporate headquarters into the park, while the athletes’ residences have been converted into hotels, only broadening the potential user base. A Legacy Agreement was drawn up prior to


2000 with all the sports governing bodies, ensuring them a guaranteed level of usage of the facilities. However, there’s also a strong commitment to


community: as Coggon explains, the facility is open to the public all day, 363 days a year. There are more than 4,000 kids enrolled in the swim school programme, for example, and this is complemented by annual swimming carnivals that take place every February–April. These carnivals are the


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desk that leads into a well laid-out area with an even split between pin-loaded resistance machines and free weights. The cardio equipment is in a separate area downstairs: around 30 pieces with integrated screens. There’s also a group exercise programme of around 26 classes a week. Plans are now in place to develop an old cardio room, currently used for circuits, into a dedicated personal training room for women, as this is a big growth area identifi ed by the club.


The centre employs different approaches to membership, including allowing non- members to use the facilities


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