PLACE TO BE: Tania Christian and Maddy Mooney-Blaker at WIRAC this week. Photo Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily News
PLACE TO BE: Tania Christian and Maddy Mooney-Blaker at WIRAC this week. Photo Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily News Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily New

Pool numbers soar

BRISBANE schoolgirls Maddy Mooney-Blaker and Tania Christian have helped boost numbers past 1000 at the Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre this week.

The 1095 who visited WIRAC on Tuesday put day numbers at the highest level for the past two years.

Maddy said she enjoyed the indoor facility as there was no need to use sunscreen or wear a sun shirt during her three visits so far this week.

"I like it in the big pool," she said.

Tania Christian likes to spend time in the rapid river and big pools.

"There is no rapid river pool near my home in Brisbane," Tania said.

"I feel refreshed after a dip at the pool."

WIRAC business manager Don Warrener said most of the boost in numbers was in the pool area.

"It is busy again today (Wednesday) but we won't know numbers until we close at 8pm," Warrener said.

"We have swimmers come in almost to 8pm for a dip in the hot weather."

Lap swimming is also popular in the hot weather from 5.30am.

"The majority of lap swimmers are in the pool before 9am with a smaller number in the afternoon."

Warrener said the inflatable was popular in the school holidays.

"It is in the big pool between noon and 2pm each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Two staff are designated to the inflatable for supervision," he said.

This week, there were 947 visitors to WIRAC on Monday and 1095 on Tuesday.

This compared to 594 and 274 on the same days last year which Warrener said was not a fair comparison as Warwick was flooded at that time.

"Numbers were 711 and 860 on the same days in 2010," he said.

Two of the biggest days last year were January 18 with 1076 and October 28, the Friday of the rodeo, when 1000 attended, including school groups.

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