KUCHING: The Pandelela Rinong Aquatics Centre in Petrajaya is now open for recreational swimming activities.
Assistant Housing Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the aquatic centre would now cater for both competitive swimming and for recreational swimming.
“This Aquatic Centre is a good avenue for their families to have fun with children,” said Abdul Karim during a press conference after opening the centre to the public.
He said with opening, the Aquatic Centre just became Sarawak’s first water theme park and would become a main attraction for the community and visitors.
“We are proud to see the place being used to serve the public. It is the fourth public pool in Kuching and the first in Petrajaya,” he added.
The management also holds weekly swim classes for children.
Abdul Karim advised the public to use the facilities responsibly.
The public pool is managed by Akademi Renang Bistari, a swimming academy established in 2010 by former competitive swimmers Teo Ah Huat and Franklin Tan.
The company was selected based on its ability to train amateur and professional swimmers.
“Don’t look at it as an academy. Look at it as an avenue to produce good swimmers. If your children love swimming, they may become competitive swimmers,” Abdul Karim said.
The academy’s advisory team consists of former competitive swimmers such as Catherine Chong, Charles Voon, Belinda Cheong, Tania Bugo and Rahim Bugo.
Rahim urged parents to expose their children to swimming at a very young age.
“Training builds strength physically and mentally besides being constructive and healthy way for young children to have fun.
“It also build the children’s confidence to take part in other water sports and activities,” he said in his speech.
The academy planned various programmes for swimmers and visitors to the aquatic centre, he added.