Port Moresby, the National Capital District of Papua New Guinea played host to the 2015 edition of the Pacific Games from the 4th to 18th July.
Major infrastructural changes took place in Port Moresby in preparation for the biggest sporting event of the Pacific area and the massive redevelopments and constructions involved sporting facilities, sports grounds, pools and stadiums throughout Port Moresby.
Among the redeveloped facilities, the Taurama Aquatic and Leisure Centre, designed by Peddle Thorpe Architecture of New Zealand, includes two Myrtha pools.
The main outdoor 50m competition pool is equipped with a movable bulkhead to shorten the pool to 25m for international standard short course competition, as well as to provide flexibility in the arrangement for elite swimmer training and public use after the 2015 Pacific Games.
The second pool built by Myrtha is a separate 25m required for use as a warm up pool during competition events. This pool has been designed to have a depth ranging from 900mm to 1400mm with a wheelchair ramp access, so the pool can be used as a ‘learn to swim’ pool for children, as well as a hydrotherapy pool for people with disability outside of competition time.
Both of these pools are set into a family oriented landscape. Myrtha also built a ‘splash and play’ area alongside play areas for family activities. The facility has been designed to meet the highest international standards required to host a major Games but with the development of future champions and community use in mind.