— Published 24 August 2023

World Aquatics takes root in Gold Coast

World Aquatics continues to weave its web. Swimming’s world governing body has announced the opening of a new development center. It is located in Australia, at Bond University in Gold Coast, Queensland. The aim is to prepare swimmers from developing countries in the Pacific zone for the upcoming Olympic Games: Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028 and Brisbane 2032. The future residents of the center, who will be chosen by World Aquatics after consultation with the national federations, will benefit from a scholarship awarded by the body. They will be trained by Bond Swimming’s head coach, Chris Mooney. In Gold Coast, the Bond University Aquatic Centre features 50 m and 25 m pools, an altitude and heat training chamber, hot and cold recovery pools and a 25 m heated indoor pool at the nearby Bond Institute of Health & Sport (BIHS). World Aquatics has already opened regional development centers in Thanyapura (Thailand), Budapest (Hungary), Antibes (France), Toronto (Canada), and Davie (Florida, USA).