Millennium institute of sport & health
National Aquatic Centre Coming Soon
It has been well publicised that New Zealand has lacked a world-class aquatic facility which can be utilised by both high performance athletes and the community. The Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatics Centre, currently under construction, will allow AUT Millennium to meet demand for our award-winning learn to swim and water safety programmes and provide more pool time for competitive swimming and water polo, while catering for the needs of the wider public.
The National Aquatics Centre will boast two pools; a 2.2m deep 50m x 25m 10 lanes swimming pool suitable for hosting international level swimming and waterpolo competitions and a 1.2m deep multi use 25m x 10m pool. The facility will be capable of seating 1,500 spectators, which can be temporarily boosted to 4,500. It will be New Zealand’s premier aquatics competition venue.
At the end of May Sir Owen Glenn, who is a significant donor to the project, visited the Aquatic Centre and was impressed with the progress. While Auckland has had its seasonal share of stormy, wet weather, this has not delayed work and completion is still expected to be in mid-2015, thanks to the great work of Argon construction and sub-contractors.
In April 2014 Auckland was named the third best sporting city in the world behind Melbourne and London. AUT Millennium shares Auckland’s commitment to hosting major sporting events and the Aquatic Centre has its first booked in; the 2016 FINA Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships.
The Championships will be the first FINA World Championships to be held in New Zealand and will again show case New Zealand’s ability to host world-class events.
The National Aquatics Centre will also host swimming and water polo competitions for the 2017 World Masters Games.
2014 has been an extremely busy year for New Zealand sport and especially at AUT Millennium. Next month I’m sure most New Zealanders will be following the fortunes of our Commonwealth Games team who will be competing in Glasgow, Scotland.
As New Zealand’s home of high performance sport many of the athletes striving for success at the Games are training at our facility. It is encouraging to see first-hand the drive and determination to succeed at the Commonwealth Games is still very much alive.
To ensure that these athletes have the best opportunities to succeed on the world stage AUT Millennium has made a commitment to provide them with world-class facilities and support. This commitment also extends to our community, who are able to access a host of services such as a gym, swimming pool and medical facilities, as we endeavour as an organisation to help people live longer, healthier lives.
Mike Stanley – CEO, AUT Millennium