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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 8 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 9, 2008 11 NEWS Leah Richards is the 16 millionth visitor to the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Picture: Phil Blatch ~PP199643 Pool at the end of the rainbow SHIREEN KHALIL Video Online Watch it now at www.innerwestweekly.com.au THE start of the school holidays exploded with a bang when Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre welcomed its 16 millionth visitor -- Leah Richards. As Ms Richards, of North Rocks, entered the centre with her two sons Jake, 10 and Riley, 9 and their school friend, Dane Lawson, 8, confetti exploded as they made their way through a balloon archway. Ms Richards said she was shocked and had no idea what was going on. ''I am just gobsmacked and shocked and I know my daughter Abby won't be too happy that she missed out,'' she said. Ms Richards said she regularly visited the centre with her kids, especially since they moved house. ''We just moved out of a house which had a pool to one with no pool,'' she said. Aquatic Centre general manager Ross Coggan congratulated Ms Richards and the three boys, and presented them with a prize of a night's accommodation at the newly opened 5-star Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park hotel, a 50-visit swim pass and an Aquatic Centre Health Club bag with everything needed to get fit and healthy. ''It is a great pleasure to welcome Leah Richards to the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre as our 16 millionth visitor,'' Mr Coggan said. ''Ms Richards now be- comes part of the history of aquatic centre, which welcomes about 1.2 million visitors a year from the community, and participants of the elite levels, including Beijing Olympic Games medallists Matthew Mitcham and Grant Brits,'' he said. Festival to transform pool into a wet and wild theme park MAKE a splash at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this Sunday. The Aquatic Centre will celebrate the coming of summer with the Splash Festival -- non-stop entertainment featuring giant pool inflatables, a circus arts show and celebrity athlete appearances. All three pools will transform into an inflatable frenzy. The diving pool will include the giant Coke slide from the 7m dive tower. The competition pool will have two giant inflatable obstacle courses -- The Eliminator and Chase 'n' Race. Or challenge yourself on the Tarzan Swing in the training pool. For the little ones the centre has a giant crocodile inflatable. Swimming NSW will co-ordinate coach- ing clinics and relay races. Visitors have the chance to win a coaching clinic with an Australian swimming star from the Aust- ralian Beijing Olympic team. Royal Life Saving Society will co-ordinate resuscitation workshops. Sydney FC soccer players will participate in a drills and skills workshop. Basketball players from Sydney Spirit will challenge you in a shoot-out compe- tition. You can practise your ball passing skills with the Australian Rugby League develop- ment team and West Tigers players. Mermaid Charlotte Watsford from the popular kids TV show H20: Just Add Water, will sign autographs. Outside at the Critters Playland will be live children's entertainment shows from Sponge Bob Square Pants, Fifi and the Flowertots and Bradshaw Dance Group. Fun activities for the kids include a cute animal petting farm, pony rides, amuse- ment rides and jumping castles. Kids can try something different with Circus Arts Trapeze (swing session or juggling workshop) or shoot an arrow with the archery crew. Scouts Australia will have a wide a range of fun activities. Mum and dad can relax in the leisure garden and enjoy the live jazz band tunes. Plus there will be heaps of prizes and giveaways throughout the day. Pre-purchase your tickets to avoid the queues. The entry price -- adults from $17, children from $15 and families from $50 -- covers access to all the inflatables and all the fun activities throughout the day. Four hours' free parking is available in the P2 car park next to the centre. For details phone 9752 3666 or visit www.aquaticcentre.com.au Featuring numbers from our last 20 years of productions such as Chicago, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, South Pacific, Oklahoma!, Sweet Charity, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Pirates of Penzance and many more! Ashfield Musical Society Proudly presents Bookings: 9793 1331 16, 18 and 25 October 2008 @ 8.00pm 18, 19, 25 and 26 October 2008 @ 2.00pm Please note our change of venue to CLUB ASHFIELD 5 -- 9 Charlotte Street, Ashfield next to Ashfield Station (formerly known as The Catholic Club) 2259111k wk15
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