Ipoh Swimming Club yesterday held a ground breaking ceremony to announce its plan for the expansion of its premises.
Club President Datuk SY Liew who led the ground e ground event was joined by past Presidents Datuk Daniel Tay, Mr Lim Kheng Hoo, Mr Wong Yook Lun, Datuk Richard Ong Guan Seng and Dr Kwok Hin Phun.
The expansion costing RM6.5 million will include the construction of an additional 50 meter swimming pool and a three story multipurpose building. The project is is anticipated to be completed in eighteen months.
“The new pool measuring 50 meters will be an addition to the existing 27 meter pool.
“The pool will be partially covered by the three story building which when completed will house the new administrative wing, a multipurpose hall and a new gymnasium.
“The new building will give the club more space to create other activities for the benefit of its members” said Liew.
Ipoh Swimming Club originally began as a civil servants club. Its original location was at Keramat Pulai where a disused mining pool boasted as its swimming pool.
It moved to its present location in 1932. The club house was designed by renowned Danish architect BM Iversen and still stands largely unchanged till today.
Interestingly the new building will not replace the original clubhouse building which Liew mentioned was by now a heritage landmark of the club.
A welcome characteristic of the club is its warm family oriented environment acknowledged by its members.
Swimming being the mainstay of the club quite naturally produced national swimmers for the country.
Present at the event was Cheah Tong Kim who represented the country at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and Anthony Ang (Atlanta Olympics, USA 1996 and Sydney Olympics 2000).
Chan Chung Yan represented the country for both swimming and squash. Unfortunately he missed representing the country for the 1980 Moscow Olympics when Malaysia boycotted the games.
The club presently has 3000 members and with a growing list of new applicants the expansion will be most welcome.