Lismore mums Christine Minkov (left) with daughter Alice, 3, and Kate Wilcock with son Daniel, 7, in the baby pool at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Lismore mums Christine Minkov (left) with daughter Alice, 3, and Kate Wilcock with son Daniel, 7, in the baby pool at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre. Jay Cronan

Thumbs up for sports centre

CHILD-FRIENDLINESS is the big attraction at the new Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre for Lismore mums Christine Minkov and Kate Willcock.

The mothers to Alice, 3, and Daniel, 7, have been using the pool every two weeks since it opened in April.

On Saturday the centre held an open day to show off its facilities.

“It's an open, safe place and it's extremely child friendly,” Ms Minkov said.

And young Alice agrees with her mum, citing the baby pool's slippery dip and water spout as the centre's best features.

The pool is really three pools in one. One section is a 25-metre lap pool which opens out into a large swimming area, with sloped access and a soft-fall lining that encircles the baby pool.

Ms Minkov also uses the centre's gymnasium three times a week.

The gym is equipped with dozens of pieces of training and exercise equipment and the staff is trained to tailor individual fitness programs.

Boxing, judo, yoga, tai-chi, dance and aqua-fitness classes are also held at the centre.

The centre's indoor sports hall is used for netball, volleyball, soccer and basketball.

The $15 million leisure centre is owned and operated by the Lismore City Council.

For more information visit the website www.gsac.net.au



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