Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre team members, from left, Daniel Torres, Moya Chadwick, Michelle Lewis, Jennifer Fuhrmeister and Kat Fleming. ​

Mitchell Leisure Services is inviting people to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the heated pool at Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre on Sunday.

Community members can visit the centre from 9am to noon for an open day.

There will be free entry and a range of activities including access to various fitness classes, a jumping castle, a DJ, a sausage sizzle, a visit from police, army and fire fighters and the chance to win prizes.

Some well-known people have visited the centre since the heated pool opened on June 18, 2002.

The opening event saw Sport and Recreation Minister Justin Madden challenge former Australian world champion swimmer Michael Klim to a race.

Originally funded by the State Government, Mitchell Shire Council and the Seymour Heated Indoor Pool Committee, the project has grown into an important part of the Seymour and district community.

The original gym was opened upstairs in December 2002, but the popularity of the space meant a larger area was needed.

A Chittick Park redevelopment completed in 2013 replaced the old gym with a new facility at the front of the centre.

The centre reduced its carbon footprint in 2019 when it became partially powered by 322 solar panels installed on the roof – a project funded by Mitchell Shire Council in collaboration with Mitchell Community Energy.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said the centre was an important facility in Mitchell Shire and one that contributed to the health and wellbeing of residents.

“This facility has changed and grown over time to become a true community facility. I want to thank the community for their contribution to building the centre and acknowledge the importance of community involvement,” he said.

SSAC offers a range of facilities and services to cater for all ages and fitness levels including a fully-equipped gym, 25-metre indoor heated pool, 15-metre indoor heated children’s splash pool and a sports stadium.

Visit the Mitchell Shire Leisure Services Facebook page or visit www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au/leisure for more information.

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