Kawana Aquatic Centre makes a splash at state awards
  • Thursday 07 September 2017
ImageSunshine Coast Council congratulates Kawana Aquatic Centre manager Shelly Douyere who took out the inaugural Orimatech Award for Excellence at the Australian Leisure Facilities Association Queensland (ALFAQ) Awards last month.

Council’s Kawana Aquatic Centre was also named as a finalist in the inaugural Jonas Leisure Facility of the Year Award for its versatility and strong elite sports program.

These first annual awards were introduced to recognise the hard-working people and organisations behind Queensland’s leisure and aquatic facilities for the opportunities they provide for people and the communities to get active and enjoy themselves.

Division 3 Councillor Peter Cox said since Shelly who is the managing director of Multi-Level Sports, took over the management of Kawana Aquatic Centre in 2013, swimming patrons had definitely reaped the benefits from her 40-year career in the aquatics industry.

“It is fitting Shelly took out this prestigious industry award for excellence due to her commitment to the swimming community and the local patrons of Kawana Aquatic Centre,” Cr Cox said.

“Shelly’s passion for her industry had certainly encouraged greater participation from beginners to athletes.”

When you visit Kawana Aquatic Centre you will see Shelly talking to the swimming patrons and sharing her expertise.

It is clear she is well-regarded by the community.

Shelly said the award win was largely due to her success in meeting her goal of building a community at the facility.

“Our patronage has doubled in three years and I can only see it getting better,” she said.

Cr Cox said these awards also provided the opportunity to benchmark Kawana Aquatic Centre against the very best in the industry.

“To be named as a finalist in the Facility of the Year category is certainly a great achievement,” Cr Cox said.

“On any given day, this busy council facility will see hundreds of people improving their technique in squad training, learning to swim, competing in water polo competitions, improving their fitness in an aqua fitness class and so much more.

“Our aquatic centres are an important community facility and Kawana Aquatic Centre patrons are enjoying the leadership of Shelly and her professional team.”