Four-time Paralympic Olympic champion Ellie Simmonds has officially opened Worthing's new £19.7 million Splashpoint Leisure Centre this morning.
Simmonds was a poster child for the Paralympc games in London last summer, and claimed four golds, a silver and a bronze as Team GB secured a record 120 medal haul on home soil.
The 18-year-old has cut the ribbon at the new complex, which has two competition pools including a six lane ASA standard 25m x 13m swimming pool, a children's leisure pool Health and fitness facilities.
Simmonds said: I'm absolutely honoured to be part of such an ambitious and amazing project. I'm sure the new pool will inspire the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic swimmers and will provide the whole region with an incredible facility to get fit and socialise.”
“I really can’t wait, not to mention also being incredibly proud, to come and open the pool on June 20th, where I'll get a close-up look at the Leisure Centre and all the tremendous work that has gone into it first-hand.”
The complex also has eco-friendly credentials and will use recycled water to flush toilets while a moveable floor in the two main pools act as a cover when raised to maintain water temperature and minimise heat loss.
Worthing leader Paul Yallop said he was pleased to welcome Simmonds to the grand opening.
"We are very excited about Ellie coming to open the new pool in June," he said. "We are grateful to Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Worthing Scope who have helped us to make the complex fully inclusive.”
“Splashpoint really will give Worthing a lasting legacy continuing the spirit of London 2012.”