New look Aura will assist all swimmers
Cllr Liam Reilly, Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, cut the ribbon at the re-opening of the refurbished wet area changing village with newly installed changing places standard facility for people with disability at Drogheda Leisure Centre.
'The need for specialist toilet and changing facilities, which enable people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, their carers assistants and families was first brought to public attention a few years ago. Without appropriate facilities, carers are forced to assist people with disabilities in unhygienic and in an undignified way,' he stated.
'Changing Places facilities offer a solution to this issue by having the right equipment including a changing bench and hoist designed to support disabled people who need assistance. The first such facility in Louth was installed in the refurbished Dundalk Sports Centre in 2016 and I am extremely pleased that this second Louth County Council major recreational facility upgrade in recent times has incorporated the Changing Places standard.
'I would like to put on record, my appreciation to those who have been involved in this project. To the contractor, McCabe McGinn it is a testament to their ability that the pool remained open for use by the public during this refurbishment programme. I would like also to thank the Architect Design Team, led by Gary Barron from Duffy Chartered Engineering who has brought this project in-on-time and on cost. Finally I wish to extend my thanks to Joan Martin CE, Louth County Council and to Paddy Donnelly Director of Services with responsibility for leisure facilities and his predecessor Joe Mc Guinness.'
Commenting at the re-opening, Gar Holohan, Aura Leisure Management, the company that manage and operate the Council Leisure Centre said" Swimming is one of the best lifelong activities and it exercises your entire body at one time. It is an excellent way to get in a good cardio workout without putting unnecessary strain on body joints. There is little risk of injury and swimming can enhance your strength, endurance, flexibility and confidence. This upgrade will greatly enhance the swim offering for people of all abilities from the region.'