School swim carnivals hit hard by pool closure

Save Mount Druitt Pool spokeswoman Kerri Bradbury (pictured front right) has written to Blacktown Council about the impact the pool closure has had on school swimming carnivals.

Just 50 students out of a possible 764 at St Agnes Catholic College competed at its recent school carnival at Emerton, according to a parent.

The carnival was previously held at Mount Druitt, which students could walk to.

Mrs Bradbury has heard how a Catholic primary school in Marayong cancelled its carnival because it was unable to book another venue. 

The school held a ‘‘twilight selection session’’ to pick swimmers for the zone carnival.

‘‘Where is the school spirit? There is none now,’’ Mrs Bradbury wrote to the council.

‘‘This is not isolated. Schools are having to reconsider whether they have school carnivals or not and how they do them in the future. The encouragement to swim is unfortunately non existent.’’

She ended her letter to say swimming has taken a backward step in the Blacktown LGA.

‘‘I cannot begin to tell you how this saddens me and how much the community is frustrated and angered by the continuing flow on of problems that closing Mount Druitt Pool has caused,’’ she wrote.

Mrs Bradbury said other schools have held half day carnivals because of cost or availability.

She will continue fighting for the pool with plans to hold a protest in April.

Discussions have started with UWS to research the viability of reopening the pool next summer.

‘‘I’m anxiously waiting for UWS to start consulting the community,’’ Mrs Bradbury said.

‘‘I would like to see a broad section of the community consulted about it.’’

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