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13/3/13: General views of Bangor Aurora leisure complex. Picture: Michael Cooper

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A heavy police presence due to Flag protesters   at The new £38 Million Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex  visited by   Culture minister Carál Ní Chuilín on wednesday during a media preview  Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/3/2013 A heavy police presence due to Flag protesters at The new £38 Million Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex visited by Culture minister Carál Ní Chuilín on wednesday during a media preview Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PRESS RELASE IMAGE NO FEE FOR REPRODUCTION 13/3/13: General views of Bangor Aurora leisure complex. Picture: Michael Cooper

Union flag protesters have targeted a Sinn Fein minister as she visited Northern Ireland's first Olympic swimming pool.

The small group stood outside Bangor's £38m Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex in protest at Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin.

But the protest did not disrupt tours of the pool.

The largest investment in indoor sports and leisure in Northern Ireland, it features a 50m Olympic-sized pool which will provide specialist training facilities for elite athletes.

North Down Borough Council said it would open on March 23. The £38m investment includes £14m from Ms Ni Chuilin's Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure.

A moveable floor and other equipment will allow adjustments to be made to the length and depth of the pool, which can be split into three conventional-sized areas or adapted to allow shallow water aqua aerobics or other watersports. It will be 50m x 25m and contain 10 lanes plus three diving boards.

The larger complex includes an eight-court sports hall, fitness and exercise areas, a performer development centre for strength training for athletes, a leisure area, floodlit 3G synthetic turf pitches and other facilities.

Northern Ireland's first 50m swimming pool opened to the public in Magherafelt last year, although it is not wide enough to be Olympic-sized.

Belfast Telegraph


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