Clarence Aquatic Centre

Clarence Aquatic Centre

Clarence Aquatic Centre

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The Clarence Aquatic Centre is a major aquatic sporting facility located in Montagu Bay, in the city of Clarence, Tasmania, Australia.

The facility originally opened in 1963 as the Clarence War Memorial Pool, an outdoor 50-metre pool, with a children's wading pool and a toddler's splash pool. The pool was also surrounded by pleasant gardens. It had a large uncovered grandstand, which was exposed to the elements. Despite the quality of the facility at the time, it had to close for a winter break, due to its uncovered nature.

In 1982 it was decided to cover the pool to allow it to operate year round. Rather than building a permanent roof, the council opted to erect an inflatable canvas and synthetic "bubble", which was to provide protection from weather and allow the pool to operate during the evening.The new "Bubble", as it became affectionately known, proved extremely popular, and it was decided not to lower it during the summer season as previously planned. The large white dome soon became a well known feature of the Eastern Shore landscape, and was clearly visible to motorists as they crossed the Tasman Bridge.

During the 1980s and 1990s the Clarence Pool was the only indoor Olympic-sized pool in the state and was probably the premier facility for aquatic sports. It hosted the Tasmanian Swimming Championships on several occasions and was home to many other sports, such as water polo, underwater hockey, canoe polo and fin swimming.

Because the bubble was not...
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