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.
Over 3000 athletes, from the 21 Pacific island countries and territories competed in the biggest sporting event of the Pacific area. A total of 28 sports and disciplines featured during the course of the three week-long event, ranging from athletics, soccer, swimming, tennis, boxing, cricket, rugby league, tennis and so much more.
Major infrastructural changes took place in Port Moresby in preparation for the games 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 was undoubtedly the best and was host venue for Swimming, Basketball and indoor Volleyball. The new Center was designed by Peddle Thorpe Architecture of New Zealand and built to meet the international sporting standards for all these disciplines and for a variety of other sports.
The new facilities include two Myrtha pools: the main outdoor 50m competition pool, 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. 30 Games Records and numerous new national standards were set in the 50m Myrtha pool during swimming sessions of 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 outdoors and 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.
Type: competition pool; warm-up pool; Splash-and-Play area
Accessories: Movable bulkhead, Starting Blocks Myrtha Track-Start
Dimension: 50 m (competition pool); 25m (warm-up pool)
Depth: 0.90-1.40 m (warm-up pool)
Technology: Myrtha technology