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When the Warringah Aquatic Centre (or WAC as it is commonly referred to) opened in 1979, it was considered the largest indoor and outdoor public aquatic centre in Australia. It was a suitable venue for competitive aquatic events on every scale and housed the only 50 metre heated pool in the country at that time. 

The facility attracted elite athletes for both competitions and training. The first event conducted at the centre was the 1979 NSW Winter Swimming Championships, held in July that year. Australian Swimming Team member and Warringah's own, Lisa Forrest, prepared for the Moscow Olympics Games at the centre in 1980. It was also the training venue for synchronised swimming during the Sydney Olympics Games in 2000.

That isn't all either, many athletes who have represented Australia trained at the WAC. These include:

Swimming - Michael Patterson and Brooke Hanson

Water Polo - Holly Lincoln-Smith and Debbie Watson

Multi Disability Swimming - Ben Austin, Matt Levy and Kate Bailey 

Open Water Swimming - Shelley Taylor-Smith 

We also recommend you read about the seven new inductees who recently joined the Warringah Aquatic Centre's Hall of Fame which includes swimming champion Brendan Foley, who was also presented with a Life Pass to the centre. 

At its heart, the Warringah Aquatic Centre is all about family. All year round, it provides a place and opportunities for families to swim and play together.

Since its opening, the Warringah Aquatic Centre has had over 13 million visitors and taught over 1.3 million children to swim. 

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