Commonwealth Games medallist and Olympian swimmer Prof David
Gerrard says a new aquatic centre in Mosgiel is long overdue.
Prof Gerrard has been named as patron of the Taieri Community
Facilities Trust pushing for the aquatic centre, after the
trust revealed last week the concept was widening and could
cost $15 million.
''After a lifetime of aquatic interests I am honoured to
accept the role of patron of the trust, established to
provide a new aquatic centre for Dunedin City in Mosgiel,''
Prof Gerrard said.
''The need for a contemporary, multipurpose facility to serve
the area is long overdue.''
Prof Gerrard said the centre would serve competitive aquatic
sports, cater for learn-to-swim classes and offer an
environment for exercise and rehabilitation.
The professor, a sport medicine specialist at the University
of Otago, brings a high profile to the push for a new pool
He was a butterfly stroke specialist and swam to a gold medal
victory in the 220 yard final at the Kingston Games in 1966.
He also won bronze in the 110 yard medley relay in the same
Four years earlier, he twice reached the finals, over 110
yards and 220 yards, in the Perth Games.
In the 1964 Tokyo Olympics he reached the semifinals of the
Today Prof Gerrard is a sports medicine specialist at the
University of Otago.
He has served as an official at Commonwealth and Olympic
games over two decades, including chef de mission in the 1996
Olympics in Atlanta.
Taieri facilities trust spokesman David Murphy last week
welcomed Prof Gerrard's appointment.
Mr Murphy also provided further key details of the trust's
preferred option for the new aquatic complex, including
adding a 20m x 10m hydrotherapy pool and spa facility.
Last year it had been proposed to build a 25m x 25m main pool
and 20m x 10m learners pool in Mosgiel, at an estimated cost
of $8.95 million.
Mr Murphy said it was now proposed to build a $15
million-plus facility, including a hydrotherapy pool.
The Dunedin City Council had agreed to provide $30,000 to
enable the trust to undertake a feasibility study and to
investigate options for the proposed centre.
The trust planned to appoint a project manager to prepare the
feasibility study, which would consider options including a
It was hoped to start that work by the end of the month.
It was hoped to include the project in the council's draft
annual plan for 2016-17, and, ideally, to have the complex
completed within five years.