Colombo Swimming Club reopens new pool | Sunday Observer

Colombo Swimming Club reopens new pool

The Colombo Swimming Club (CSC), which was very much in the news for all the wrong reasons just over a year ago, has bounced back with the unveiling of its newly constructed swimming pool complex.

Last July RDA bulldozers rolled in and demolished the swimming pool of the prestigious family club, now in its 80th year, to make way for the extension of the Marine Drive.

Tony de Livera had assumed the Club presidency, just three months prior to the RDA action. But de Livera and his Committee were determined to ensure that the best interests of the Club and its members would not be eroded and the new pool bears testimony to it.

Commenting on the newly opened pool complex, De Livera said: “I am indeed delighted that this has been finally completed despite the issues we faced even during construction. I am indebted to all my fellow Committee Members who supported me, especially the General Secretary, Kishan Karunaratne and House and Works Member, Sanjeev Jayasinghe.

“It was Sanjeev who spearheaded the project and ensured that the end-product and facilities was a significant improvement on what we had. I must also thank the many members of past Committees who offered their wisdom and guidance throughout and all the wonderful members that supported us in terms of encouragement and continued patronage. My sincere thanks and gratitude go out to our loyal staff, who never once wavered in spite of the challenges they faced, particularly with the construction taking place’’.

In addition to the swimming pool complex, the kitchen has been completely refurbished and re-fitted, in a manner befitting a five-star hotel according to De Livera.

The swimming pool complex revolves around its Olympic short course-sized 25-metre pool, boasting six-lanes, complete with fiber-optic lighting. The adjoining children’s pool features an array of water slides and fun rides.

There is also a small four-person Jacuzzi, a half-sized basketball court that is meshed in and a large children’s indoor playroom.

Also taking in to consideration customer ease and satisfaction, the CSC is in the process of introducing one of the latest ERP systems to help data management and tracking systems.