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.
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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