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3/05/2016 12:00 a.m.
On 10 May, the EA Networks Centre will have been open for one year. In that time, it has had more than 300,000 visits from people using the pools, spa, sauna, indoor courts or gym, or taking part in group fitness classes.
To celebrate the anniversary, people are invited to swim for free on Sunday 8 May between 9am and 12pm. There will be giveaways, fun challenges and spot prizes during the Open Morning. Ashburton Mayor Angus McKay said the event was not only a celebration but also a thank you to the community, which has shown fantastic support for the EA Networks Centre in its first year.
"With more than 550 people attending the Women’s Tall Ferns v Japan basketball game, and the centre adding more group fitness classes, it’s clear that people have made the centre a regular part of their lives."
Mr McKay said it was great to see that the facility’s popularity had extended outside the district as well, with several major sporting events featuring there in the last year.
"Ashburton has proven how well it’s able to cater for international sporting events, so we are hoping that more will be added to the calendar in 2016," he said.
Events that have been held at the centre include the Women’s Tall Ferns v Japan game, South Island Masters Short Course Championships, NZ Secondary Schools Netball Championship, South Island Country & Town swimming competition, and the Tactix v Southern Steel pre-season match. The EA Networks Centre was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English on 9 May 2015, with the public able to use the facility the day after. Construction of the state-of-the-art, 8000m2 building began in October 2013.