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Pool’s an Olympic legacy

The province’s first 50-metre swimming pool will deliver world-class facilities and a sporting infrastructure previously unavailable, said Sports minister Nelson McCausland at the sod- cutting ceremony in Bangor.

“The complex, which has received nearly £15m of funding from the Northern Ireland Executive, will be a facility to be enjoyed by all the people of Northern Ireland,” he said

Dominic Walsh, chairman of Sport Northern Ireland, said they were delighted to see the start of the project to create a Northern Ireland legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“It is our hope that the 2012 Games will act as a catalyst for the development of sport in Northern Ireland,” he said.

“It is anticipated that, subject to final funding decisions, sports such as cycling, athletics, sailing, basketball, volleyball, and tennis will also benefit from major facilities projects.”

In conclusion, the Sports minister said his department will continue to work in partnership with Sport Northern Ireland and other organisations to bring forward proposals to provide major sporting facilities and create a lasting legacy for future generations.”

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