Greater Shepparton City Council celebrated Aquamoves’ 20 years of operation in the health and fitness industry on Tuesday 8 August, 20 years to the day after it was officially opened by the Victorian Premier, The Hon Mr Jeff Kennett in 1997.
Mr Kennett returned to Aquamoves to acknowledge the milestone date and participate in the birthday celebrations.
Mr Kennett was the Premier of Victoria and spent 23 years as a serving member of the Victorian parliament including seven years as Premier. He was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for his work with the Victorian Parliament, as well as his social and economic initiatives.
Mr Kennett went on to become the founding Chairman of the high successful national depression initiative, beyondblue to which he devoted 17 years of his life, an organisation that is now recognised and respected across Australia.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Cr Dinny Adem said Aquamoves has a very important role to play in the health and wellbeing of our community. “As a council managed health and fitness facility we have a vital role to play to provide access to exercise for every person in our community.”
Aquamoves delivers a wide range of group fitness, gym and aquatic programs and attracts over 600,000 visitors each year, with an average 2,000 visitors to the centre each day. Aquamoves has more than 2,000 members.
Greater Shepparton City Council Director Community Kaye Thomson said “We provide over 90 Group Fitness sessions each week, ranking Aquamoves in the top one per cent in Australia. We cater for an average 1,500 children each term in our Swim School and 90 per cent of the region’s schools utilise our Swim School program.”
Aquamoves is also the home of Shepparton Swimming Club, GV Masters Swimming Club and Shepparton Lifesaving Club.
“We also deliver ability-specific programs to community members with special needs and we partner with local allied health providers to deliver specialist services to provide access to everyone in our community,” said Ms Thomson.
“We pride ourselves on having programs to suit everyone, no matter what their needs and on offering exceptional customer service.”
Aquamoves recently won three awards in the annual Aquatics and Recreation Victoria awards (ARV) this year.