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Monday, 19 October 2015
Page: 11715

Ms HALL (ShortlandOpposition Whip) (16:41):Yesterday, I attended the 50th anniversary, or birthday party, of the Valentine Hydrotherapy Pools and swimming centre. The Valentine Hydrotherapy Pools and swimming centre is built on council land and is a wholly and solely community supported pool. It is staffed by volunteers and has been a core part of the Valentine community for a very long period of time. It was very pleasing to catch up with a number of old friends. I thank Paul Turton from the ABC for being the MC on the day. At the presentation, Gabby Cosgrove, Geoffrey Neumann, Ken March, Yvonne Wellings, Susan Sanders, Raelene Pearce and John Moore were all made life members for the enormous contribution they have made to Valentine Hydrotherapy Pools.

Many, many people have attended the pool and been able to get relief from aches and pains. People who are paraplegic, quadriplegic or recovering from accidents have been able to get into the pool and become mobile. In addition to that, thousands of children within the area have learnt to swim and have swum in the competitions that are run there.