PICTURE SPECIAL: Swimmers make a splash at pool’s first gala

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SOUTH Tyneside’s newest leisure centre made a splash as it held its first swimming gala over the weekend.

The £15m Haven Point complex by South Shields seafront held its inaugural gala as 375 children from across the region took part in a two-day competition.

WATER GREAT WEEKEND ... South Tyneside national breast stroke swimmers, Rachel Taylor, 14, and Jake Whitelock, 16, with South Tyneside Swimming Club chairman Gary Kirsop and head coach Paul Robinson.
WATER GREAT WEEKEND ... South Tyneside national breast stroke swimmers, Rachel Taylor, 14, and Jake Whitelock, 16, with South Tyneside Swimming Club chairman Gary Kirsop and head coach Paul Robinson.

South Tyneside Swimming Club played host to 15 other regional clubs including Hartlepool, Chester-le-Street, Carlisle, Newcastle, Sunderland and Wearmouth.

The gala saw youngsters competing over various distances, from 50m freestyle to 400m breast stroke, in the complex’s 25-metre, eight-lane competition pool as crowds gathered to cheer from the public gallery.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for leisure and culture, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our new leisure facility to people from across the region, and I hope the clubs and children involved had a fantastic weekend of swimming and competition.”

Haven Point, which opened last October, also boasts a hi-tech electronic scoreboard. Both this and the new teaching pool feature movable floors, so that the pool can accommodate a range of different activities at the same time.

The complex was given the royal seal of approval when His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge visited the borough for a tour of its facilities.

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