Club waits to jump in

2015-09-08 06:00
The Retreat public swimming pool is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in September. 

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The Retreat public swimming pool is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in September. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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Due to not having a permanent training facility the Retreat Aquatic Swimming Club has lost 95% of its members.

The club, which has been in existence for more than 40 years, now has about five swimmers left.

Norman Braaf, club chairperson, says the club has produced champion swimmers over the years, but without a proper indoor heated pool they have lost members quickly.

“Before winter hit we were using other facilities in an effort to continue our training and providing a good training session to our members, but the facilities are costly,” he says.

They have been inactive as they cannot find a facility to accommodate them and their budget.

“We have decided that we may have to start using the Muizenberg pool to train, but the season is going to be really busy. As swimming is a year-round sport we have to train and without training many of the members left and joined other clubs or just stopped swimming completely, which is a tragedy,” he says.

Braaf says he sees no end for the current building project at the Retreat swimming pool which has been ongoing for almost two years.

“How much longer must we wait for the pool to be completed? No-one is giving us a definite answer. We have so much interest from the community but we cannot answer people because we are unsure as to when the pool will be ready,” he says.

People’s Post previously reported that the contractor at the Retreat swimming pool promised to be finished by early September (“Pool to be ready for summer”, 21 July).

This was according to Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects.

“This is, however, dependent on the weather as the contractor is still affected by adverse weather conditions preventing him from working,” she said.

The pool would be opened shortly after the contractor completed his work, Walker said.

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