Myrtha in Australia
The long swimming season will come to a close in Melbourne, Australia from Dec. 13 to 18 as athletes from all over the world will compete in the XVI FINA World Swimming Championships at the MSAC (Melbourne Sports & Aquatics Centre). This specific FINA World Swimming Championship event has been organized in just a few months, as an adjustment made necessary by the war in Ukraine.
Myrtha’s first engagement with the Melbourne Sports & Aquatics Centre (MSAC) was part of the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and it proved to be the beginning of something special that led to our involvement in many more important and exciting projects to come. Simon Weatherill, then CEO at MSAC, shared his appreciation, not just for the facility but for the Myrtha process as well. “The pool was built by Myrtha trained personnel,” he said, “and the attention to detail and workmanship was first class.”
Myrtha Pools has been selected for more than 200 projects in Australia since 1997, providing cutting-edge technology for elite racing and also generating opportunities for those interested in fitness or in giving younger people access to water as part of the school system. The latter element has certainly contributed to promoting a healthy lifestyle and training many of the athletes who will represent Australia in the XVI FINA Swimming World Championships in just a few days.
From the Hale School project, where two outdoor swimming pools by Myrtha Pools have been created, to the more recent Artemis Centre, which houses, among other things, a 25-meter pool with water heated to 29º C and equipped with two lanes with movable bottoms, there are many the examples of how Myrtha has changed the sporting life of the students. While giving children an aquatic foundation in schools is fundamental, it is no less important to allow all citizens to have structures useful for fitness and sports participation. Over the years, the Australian government has aimed to create various aquatic spaces in areas that had not been considered in the development plan.
In this sense, the Marion Leisure Centre in South Australia has been the flagship of the region since its opening. It was the first facility to comply with FINA rules, making it simple for this site to both host competitions and also spread the value and benefit of learning the fundamentals of swimming.