Paralympian Ellie Simmonds performed the official opening yesterday (June 20th) of the new Splashpoint Leisure Centre.
Ellie started with a walkabout with the young people in the piazza in front of the main entrance and then met with dignitaries for the opening including Worthing Mayor and Mayoress.
Mayor Bob Smytherman said: “This was truly remarkable day for Worthing and the proudest moment of my life to be in the presence of such an inspirational young woman who stole the hearts of a nation and our town.”
Sussex Amateur Swimming Association was represented by Glenise Buck and Worthing Swimming Club by Peter McCallum, Rob Drage and Alastair Roberts. Past Mayor Harold Piggott who opened the original Aquarena in 1982 also attended. John Gooding gave a dedication on behalf of the Leisure Centre.
After the ceremony Ellie conducted two full question and answer sessions with members of the public.
Cliff Harrison, Worthing Borough Council Executive Head of Technical Services said: “After years of planning and building it was great to see so many people enjoying the official opening with Ellie yesterday, I hope the Worthing community continue enjoying the facility for years to come.
“ For a large public project to be delivered on time and to budget and remain faithful to the original successful design proposals is quite an achievement.”
Pictured: Mayor Bob Smytherman with Ellie Simmonds. Cliff Harrison looks on from extreme right.
Photograph courtesy of John Young Photography