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MaaX Spa GB wins
NEWS IN BRIEF
dealer of the year award
Historic Soho swimming
baths to be restored
Soho’s famous Marshall Street
baths, abandoned for more than a
MaaX Spa GB won the decade, are to be restored to their
International Dealer of the Year former glory as part of a massive
award at the internal conference redevelopment comprising a
in when MaaX Spa dealers stunning leisure centre.
gathered in Queensland, Opening two years ahead of
Australiaforthe2008conference. the London 2012 Olympics, the
ThehighlightforMaaxSpaGB new complex is destined to be
was receiving the International hugely popular with young local
DealeroftheYearaward. Maax swimmers.
Spa GB achieved a volume The restoration of the baths –
growthofover50%yearonyear. first opened in 1852 – and
Keith Beeby of Maax Spa GB additional development of the
comments, “MaaX is a great area at a total cost of £25m will
product, we have some very undoubtedly be a magnet for
tangible benefits over a lot of budding champions of the future.
other brands available in the UK “The baths will be open in 2010
whichhasbeenpickeduponby and the timing could not be
the trade and their enthusiasm better,” said Andrew Forman,
and belief in the MaaX product
MaaX Spa dealers take time out to enjoy themselves at conference
Partner of Finch Forman
convertstosales.” Chartered Architects. “This
Australian Spa manufacturer were the XS 800 and the XS industry and the consumer ambitious transformation of the
Maax Spa has added two new 710DZSwimSpaswhichstartto whatever their requirement.” area will have the historic baths at
models to its swim spa range. take their place on showroom “The two new spas have been its heart.”
It now has four products in floors alongside the XS 740 and two years in development and Building work has already
the range. XS840intheautumnof2008. mean that all four spas are very begun, and according to Forman
Dealers were told of “We are hugely excited for different in their design when finished the baths will be
technological developments in the UK market,” comments features.” restored to their original glory.
the whole of the Maax Spa Director of Maax Spa GB Jane Maax Spas will show a
range as well as being Beeby, “with the four spas number of their spa range
introduced to other new designed as they are we have a including Swim Spas at Piscine Salt systems come to
products. The stars of the show product to offer both the 2008inLyon. the fore
Saltsystempoolshavebecome
morepopularthroughoutmanyUS
AGE CONCERN PILOT statespopularityduetohealth-
Five pools chosen for
FREE SWIMMING relatedbenefits. Anindustry
SCHEME analysissaysthatthesystemhas
top training status
AgeConcernhasstartedrunning beenmakingmoreofan
apilotschemeforfreeswimming appearancethroughoutthelast
facilitieswhichcouldrunalongside yearandisnowbeingconsidered
Five swimming centres have for Wales, the assembly theGovernmentscheme bypoolownersasaseriousoption.
been chosen in the UK to government, Swansea Council Theideaistoofferolderpeople TerrieDuran;ownerofParadise
prepare swimmers for the andSwanseaUniversity. fortnightly swimming sessions at PoolsintheUSsaidhewasaware
London2012Olympics. British Swimming National localpoolsonMondays. oftheinterest.Shesaidunlikeother
British Swimming – the Performance Director Michael The scheme will make poolsthatusechlorineandother
sport’snationalgoverningbody Scottmadetheimplementation swimming more accessible for acids,thesaltsystemuses“chlorine
– has awarded them Intensive of ITCs a priority when he those who want to improve generatedbyelectrodesandsalt.
TrainingCentrestatus. startedinthepostlastyear. fitness,increaseconfidenceand Soit’sanalgae-killingorbacterial-
Thepoolswillprovideworld- “Creatingaworld-classdaily independence, have fun and killingchlorinatingsystemthatacts
class daily training training environment is an meet new people. Sessions will asachlorinatorbutitdoesn’thave
environmentstodevelopmedal essential part of our overall beatthereducedrateof£2.50, allthesymptomsofchlorine.”
winnersforfouryear’stime. strategy towards realising our although the first two sessions Swimmers who use salt system
British Swimming received long-term performance are free. Fully trained pools do not need to deal with
10bidsandfollowingsitevisits goals,”hesaid. volunteers will pick people up the burning eyes, dry skin or
andinterviewschose “This will enable us to from their homes in a minibus strong smell of chlorine that
• UniversityofBath further challenge for more and take them back. Anne accompanies traditional swimming
• UniversityofStirling futureOlympicsuccess. Cuthbert, Health Promotion pools, according to Duran. She
• Stockport “These centres will provide and Development Manager for says the salt system of chlorination
• WalesNationalPool a one stop shop service point Age Concern said: “This is a is preferred by those who are
• LoughboroughUniversity for swimmers and coaches – pilot to see how it will work. allergic to chlorine as well as those
the aim is to provide Hopefully it will start small and who just want a therapeutic
The Swansea pool on Sketty everything they need in their become popular. experience. ”I reported to the
Lane was built at a cost of development from the right “Weaimtoencouragepeople ASPF that salt systems are being
£10.7m and was a partnership amount of 50m pool time to thatwouldnototherwisebeable very popular,” she added.
between The Sports Council sportssciencesupport.” tousethepoolordon’thavethe
confidencetogoontheirown.”
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