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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 3rd 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 4, 2009 21 OPINION Online readers respond to the closure of Ashfield Aquatic Centre's water polo pool. Read more comments and have your say www.innerwestweekly.com.au Poor polo pool decision My two sons and I have have been members of Wests Water Polo Club for five years and have used the Ashfield Pool during this time. I have seen Wests Water Polo Club continue to grow into one of the premier clubs not only in Sydney but in Australia, winning last year's National Water Polo Championships plus many Junior Championships. The club not only develops outstanding junior water polo players but also outstanding young men who serve the community. It is very disappointing that council has decided to close the pool. The Mayor and council should meet with the club and discuss ideas on how to re-open the pool. Ashfield Pool is the best outdoor pool in Sydney for playing water polo. I, as many, cannot believe that closing the polo pool will save council the money, rather it will cost more to operate the other pools due to the lack of income the polo pool generates. This is a very poor decision by council and it will back-fire next time the community votes. This decision has already cost the council the World Masters Games and many more chances to showcase Ashfield to Australia and the World. Maurice Eames Disappointing decision I'm president of Ryde Water Polo club, and am very disappointed that this restoration isn't going ahead at present. The competition needs as many pools as possible to be able to host the sheer volume of games and training sessions normally scheduled throughout the year. I would urge the council to reconsider its decision for the benefit of not just Wests Water Polo, but for all water polo clubs as well. Neil Donovan Give us our pool back This is absolutely ridiculous. How much does it cost to fix a few tiles and leaks? We need our pool back. A.G. Pool of opportunity I have been a member of Wests Water Polo for the past 21 years, joining the club at the age of 14. Wests have given me the opportunity to represent my local area, the AIS, NSW and Australia. While I have excelled in the sport this has been just one benefit of my association with the club. The club has also given me the opportunity to gain leadership skills and allowed me to take on various leadership roles including captaining teams, coaching National League and Junior women's development programs (NSWITC) and being a member of the Wests management committee. Through water polo I have been given educational opportunities and scholarships which led to job opportunities. These opportunities married together have since given me the confidence and ability to take on management roles within my workplace, and for this I owe my thanks to Wests Water Polo. I also thank the club for the friendship opportunities I have gained with the majority of my close mates today originating from my junior years at the club. I owe my health to Wests as they have instilled in me a passion for sport and fitness. Will our future generations have the same opportunities? Without a pool. I think not! Patrick Brennan Product offers end 28/06/09. Harvey Norman® and Domayne® stores are operated by independent franchisees. Accessories are not included. AUBURN 103-123 Parramatta Rd. 9648 5411 Visit our website - www.domayne.com.au FLOOR STOCK CLEARANCE! ALL SLEEP NUMBER® PILLOWSINSTOCK 30% OFF $8999 ® Sleep Number® 7000 King Ensemble with Adjustable Contour Base. ® Sleep Number® 3000 Queen Ensemble. ® Sleep Number® 5000 Queen Ensemble With Adjustable Profile Base. FLOOR STOCK CLEARANCE! FLOOR STOCK CLEARANCE! FLOOR STOCK CLEARANCE! NOW ONLY NOW ONLY NOW ONLY 157603_AUB www.harveynorman.com.au AUBURN SUPERSTORE 250 Parramatta Rd. 9202 4888
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