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Construction work on the £22m Aquatics Centre at the Aberdeen Sports Village has reached another landmark and is on track to open in early 2014 – in time for the Commonwealth Games. Graham Construction,

which is building the facility, has taken delivery of the centre’s Olympic standard diving boards. The instal- lation of the three-, five-, 7.5- and 10-metre boards is the last major structure to go in before the centre is made wind and water tight. Designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects,

Bidders are revealed for Scottish sports centre

sportscotland received six bids for the development of a National Performance Centre by its deadline of 22 February. A preferred bidder for the multi-sport

centre, to receive up to £25m of government support, will be announced in the summer with the facilities expected to be complete by early 2016. Stewart Harris, chief execu- tive of sportscotland, said: “We are pleased with the number and quality of bids, which reflect the significance and importance of the National Performance Centre for Sport in Scotland.” Details:

Te Aberdeen facility has been designed by FaulknerBrown Architects

the Aberdeen Aquatics Centre will comprise a 10-lane, 50m swimming pool with a divid- ing boom and a part-floating floor. A 25m x 16.5m diving pool, fitted with water

cushioning systems and an adjustable floor, will also feature, along with a timing and video

analysis lab, a health suite and spectator seat- ing. Davis Langdon is project managing the scheme, which is designed to build on the suc- cess of the £28m regional sports centre opened at the site in 2009. Aberdeen Sports Village welcomed its two millionth visitor at the end of 2012. Details:

Andy Hunt led Team GB at the London Olympics NI Windsor stadium receives green light

Planning permission has been granted for an 18,000-capac- ity stadium at Windsor Park in Northern Ireland, in the fastest turnaround ever for a major planning application. The I r ish Footb a l l

Association (IFA) submitted the application for two new stands and an extension of the north and west stands in early December, and permis- sion was granted in 11 weeks. The project is part of a

£110m pledge by Northern Ireland sports minister Caral Ni Chuilin to develop new sports venues at Windsor Park, Ravenhill and Casement Park. She said: “All of the stadium projects will bring benefits to local communities in terms of job opportunities during and post construction.” Environment minister Alex Attwood,

Plans include two new stands and an extension to the other stands

who granted permission, said his officials worked with the project team and key con- sultees for months before the application was submitted to clear any hurdles or obstacles and ensure a speedy planning application. Details:

Olympic white water legacy project underway

Work has started on a £6.3m development project at Lee Valley White Water Centre in North London as part of legacy plans for the London 2012 Olympic venue. Scheduled to be completed by early 2014, work on the site will include improving the

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international competition-standard facilities with the creation of a new gym and physiother- apy suite housed in an extension to the existing centre. Tere will also be a training facility for use by the British Canoe Union (BCU). Details:

Former Commonwealth weightlifter opens gym

A former Commonwealth weightlift- ing champion has opened a new gym in Aberdare, which includes the biggest free weights area in Wales. Breeze’s Gym, opened by Michaela Breeze

and Sinead Kelly, includes a full exercise class programme, fully equipped gym, online personal support programme and women’s only weights resistance area. Breeze retired from her 18-year weight-

liſting career in 2010 and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for her sporting achievements. Details:

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BOA chief executive Andy Hunt steps down

Andy Hunt, CEO of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and chef de mission for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games, stepped down at the end February to pursue “other opportunities”. Te announcement comes less than a

year aſter he helped deliver Team GB’s most successful Olympic Games in 104 years. Hunt said: “It’s been an amazing four

years. I’ll always be proud to have led Team GB at a home Games and of the fantastic performance of the team this summer and the way in which the BOA supported the athletes.” Details:

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