Sliding fun for sun loving kids

Olympic Pool facility popular if open
DAY IN THE SUN: Maddy Tomkins, Coco Fan, Eric Anderson, Lane Anderson, Lili Fan and Felicity Tomkins shrugged off blustery conditions to enjoy a day out at the Olympic Pool on Sunday. Despite strong – and at times cool - winds, the attraction of the waterslide and pool inflatable drew about 140 people to the facility. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

THE chance to ride the waterslide and tackle an inflatable obstacle course was the drawcard for at least 80 youngsters who visited Wangaratta’s Olympic Pool on Sunday.

With the slide open only every fortnight this summer, thrillseekers made the most of its availability, despite strong winds that had their teeth chattering while waiting in line.

Another 60 people were at the pool simply for a swim or to oversee the fun, and Deb Brockwell from the Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre said attendance numbers were among the best of the season so far.

She said the period leading up to Christmas and Boxing Day proved busy at both the outdoor pools, with the rising mercury on the Saturday after Christmas drawing more than 150 people to the Olympic.

“Since then the weather has been cooler, so the numbers have dropped off a little, but we are seeing an average attendance of 60 to 80 at the pools,” Ms Brockwell said.

Interest in season passes for the outdoor pools has increased this year, with a 30 per cent rise on last year.

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