Progress Continues At Competition Pool To Stage Swimming At 2022 Commonwealth Games

Sandwell Aquatics Centre
Sandwell Aquatics Centre: Photo Courtesy: Birmingham 2022

Progress continues at Sandwell Aquatics Centre, which will host the swimming, para-swimming and diving at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The competition and diving pools at the venue in Birmingham, a city in the English midlands, have been completely tiled, the moveable floor is now complete and the steps have been added to the 10m dive tower.

The foundations for the temporary warm-up pool have also been started and 650 square metres of acoustic render has been added in the main pool hall.

Over the next few weeks, the permanent seating will be installed, the pools will be filled for the first time and the springboards will be added.

The centre is the only brand new venue to be built for the Games which will take place from 28 July-8 August.

Sarah Barrow, who won diving silver at the 2014 Games in Glasgow is now the Swim England diving development officer for the West Midlands region.

She said:

“The progress that has been made on the centre is phenomenal, it will be an incredible venue for the Commonwealth Games and I know the swimmers and divers will be excited that they get to compete in the only brand new venue that will be used at Birmingham 2022.

“However, this facility is about so much more than those eleven days of sport next summer, as the Sandwell Aquatics Centre will be a crucial hub for diving in this region and I can’t wait to see young divers from across the West Midlands using these fantastic facilities.”

Ian Reid, chief executive of Birmingham 2022, said:

“It is wonderful to see the latest developments at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre. With the tiles laid in all of the pools, the moveable floor complete and the dive tower steps in place, you can really now get a sense of what an impressive competition venue it will be.

“With aquatics as one of our most popular sports in our recent ticket ballots, with thousands of people securing tickets to come and watch the swimmers, Para swimmers and divers compete here next summer, I know the atmosphere in this venue is going to be absolutely electric.”

Nigel Huddleston, minister for sport and tourism, said:

“Significant progress has been made at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre since I was privileged to lay the pool’s first tile in June. This public investment will provide a first-class facility that will serve local people for generations to come, long after the Games.

“I look forward to seeing how the centre becomes not only a community hub for swimming, but gives Birmingham and the West Midlands world-class facilities and training opportunities to help nurture the next generation of diving champions.”

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