Pool closure ruins swimmers' hopes

PUBLISHED: 19:02 27 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010

Young swimmers fear the closure of the University of East Anglia swimming pool next month could damage their chances at the national swimming championships.

Young swimmers fear the closure of the UEA pool next month could damage their chances at the national championships.

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) National Age Group Championships and the ASA National Youth Championships in July and August are the pinnacles of the swimming year and could help determine who will take part in the London Olympics.

But swimmers from the UEA-based City of Norwich Swimming Club are facing difficulties finding somewhere to train because the UEA pool will shut from July 9 to 30 for maintenance.

Club chairman Paul Mattin said: "For our swimming club it is absolutely devastating because we have 30 swimmers who have qualified for the national championships.

"Without the facility to train, it is going to give us a significant problem and we will not be able to optimise our training."

Sportspark director Keith Nicholls said the closure would provide an opportunity to conduct a full test of all parts of the six-year-old pool, including pipes, valves and seals, which could not be done when the pool was in use, and to make improvements to other facilities in the swimming area.

"We apologise to all customers for any inconvenience and thank them for their patience during this period," he said.

"Some maintenance and improvement works can only take place when the pool is closed. We have concentrated all the work at one time to minimise inconvenience."

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