During the opening, Director of Monash Sport, Brett Lavale, announced that thanks to Monash University SSAF funding, Monash Sport’s Water Wise Program - a program teaching beginner adult learn-to-swim classes - would be free to all Monash University students.
|(L-R): Director of Monash Sport, Brett Lavale and Executive Director, Campus Community Division, Vlad Prpich|
“The University has recognised the significant importance of this facility to the campus experience - [the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool] is a wonderful University asset.”
The essential refurbishment works have replaced the roof structure, retiled the 25 metre Variable Swimming Pool, upgraded the air-handling systems and installed acoustic wall panelling to create a greatly improved aquatic environment and ensure future use.
The Doug Ellis Swimming Pool was built in 1982 and is named after the late Doug Ellis, the former visionary Director of Sport and Recreation Association. Thirty-two years on, the pool continues to be an important community asset for Monash.
|A canoe polo demo at the opening|
“Our recent analysis shows that Monash University students who engage in sports, fitness, aquatic or recreation activities at Monash Sport have a higher average course completion rate than the overall student cohort,” he said.
The Doug Ellis Swimming Pool has one of the largest learn to swim programs in Victoria and in 2014 taught 500 adults to swim, as well as imparting essential water safety knowledge and skills.
|A Swim Fit demo at the opening|
Earlier in the year, the pool concourse and change room facilities were refurbished.