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Then & Now: Optus Aquatic Centre

13 Mar 2018 by Fiona Self
https://www.gc2018.com/article/then-now-optus-aquatic-centre

It’s become a landmark of Southport Broadwater Parklands and in April, we’ll invite the world to the Optus Aquatic Centre as GC2018’s Diving and Swimming champions are crowned.

To prepare for GC2018, the centre had a $42 million upgrade as a GC2018 legacy project and joint funding initiative by the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast.

Take a scroll down memory lane – the Optus Aquatic Centre, then and now.

1960s

The Optus Aquatic Centre used to be known as the Southport Pool.

Southport Olympic Pool Complex with the Pier Theatre in the Background.
Southport Olympic Pool Complex with the Pier Theatre in background, Southport, Queensland, circa 1960s. Photographer unknown. Source: The City of Gold Coast Libraries Local Studies Collection 
Aerial view of the Southport Olympic swimming pool complex 1966
Aerial view of the Southport Olympic Swimming Pool Complex, Queensland, 1966. Photographer unknown. Source: The City of Gold Coast Libraries Local Studies Collection

1970s

The Southport Olympic Pool Swimming Complex circa 1970
The Southport Olympic Pool Swimming Complex, Southport, circa 1970. Photographer unknown. Source: The City of Gold Coast Libraries Local Studies Collection

2012

In the late 2000s, the centre’s name was changed to the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

Changing rooms at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Changing rooms at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, 2012. Photographer: K Stephan. Source:The  City of Gold Coast Libraries Local Studies Collection 
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre pool 2012
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, 2012. Photographer: K Stephan. Source:The  City of Gold Coast Libraries Local Studies Collection

2013

The upgrade ahead of GC2018 is underway!

Construction of the upgraded Optus Aquatic Centre
May 2013 
Optus Aquatic Centre under construction. September 2013
September 2013

2014

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre June 2014
June 2014

The pool lights up for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, the first major championship held in the upgraded facility.

The centre under bright lights for the Pan Pacs 2014
August 2014

2018

The stands are in and the stage is set for the 2018 Australian Swimming Trials.

 

Optus Aquatic Centre ahead of the 2018 Australian Swimming Trials
March 2018 
The Optus Aquatic Centre at dusk.
The Optus Aquatic Centre at dusk. March 2018 
The sun sets on a day of competition at Optus Aquatic Centre
The sun sets on a day of competition.  

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