After 60 Years of Swimming, the Scarborough Swim Club Finally Gets a Home Pool

Scarborough Swim Club moving into new Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre this September

TORONTO, Aug. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The Scarborough Swim Club (SCAR) is excited to be moving into their first 'home' pool since the Club was established in 1954. SCAR has announced a partnership with the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC), opening in September 2014 at the University of Toronto's Scarborough Campus.

The new centre, which during the Games will be known as the CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House, includes two internationally sanctioned 10-lane, 50-metre pools with bulkheads; a five-metre deep diving tank with three-metre, five-metre, 7.5-metre and 10-metre platforms; as well as dry land dive training facilities. TPASC also features flexible gymnasium space, as well as an indoor recreational track and fitness area with state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment.

"This is the aquatic facility that not just Scarborough has been waiting for, but also the rest of Toronto," says Darren Ward, head coach of the Scarborough Swim Club. "These pools are going to profoundly improve the quality of competitive swimming in Toronto, Ontario and even nationally."

As the local competitive swim club, the Scarborough Swim Club will have an office in the new facility and is moving the majority of its 250 swimmers to train in the new pools, including their competitive program, precompetitive "I Can Swim" program, and Masters swimming. In addition, SCAR will host their annual swim meets at the facility, including the new Scarborough Pan Am Invitational scheduled for May 1-3, 2015, a meet supported and co-marketed by TO2015 IGNITE.

TPASC will welcome thousands of community members to become healthy and active through an array of safe, educational and fun programming.

"The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is pleased to welcome the Scarborough Swim Club," says Robert Singleton, managing director, Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. "As one of the oldest and most successful swim clubs in Canada, we will be working with SCAR as a local partner to train and compete in our world-class pools regularly."

About the Scarborough Swim Club
The Scarborough Swim Club (SCAR) is a youth-focused, not-for-profit, parent-run swim club providing professional swim instruction, training and coaching for competitive swimmers of all ages. The Club operates primarily in the eastern region of the GTA and has been developing champion swimmers for almost 60 years. For the current year, the Club had almost 250 members aged 4 to 84, from Learn to Swim to National qualifiers. More information about the Club can be found on our website at http://www.scarswimming.ca.

About Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) is operated by a new corporation co-owned by the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto. This state-of-the-art facility will play host to the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. TPASC is the largest sport new-build for the Games and the largest investment in Canadian amateur sport history. Pre and post Games, this world-class facility will deliver programming that serves recreational and community groups, high performance athletes, as well as fitness centre clientele. The 312,000 square-foot sports centre includes two internationally sanctioned 10-lane 50-metre pools, a dive tank and dry-land dive training facilities, a four-court gymnasium, an indoor running track, conditioning rooms, a high performance testing centre, studio spaces, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. The Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) is relocating its head office to TPASC, providing world-leading sport science and sport performance services including coaching and training facilities. TPASC welcomes new members to participate in inclusive programming beginning the week of September 2, 2014. To pre-register for membership information please click here. Follow the excitement of TPASC on twitter: @TPASCentre Like Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TPASCentre.

SOURCE Scarborough Swim Club

For further information: Chris Prendergast, General Manager, Scarborough Swim Club, 416-464-6818, gm@scarwimming.ca; Michael T. Cvitkovic, ABC, Senior Advisor, Marketing and Communications, Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, 416-283-5222, mcvitkovic@tpasc.ca