NEWCASTLE, Australia (Reuters) – A newly-christen swimming pool in the city of Sydney is set to be renamed after a party with balloons and a Christmas Tree for people to dip into on New Year’s Day, with a sign reading “Happy New Year, Australia” to welcome the new year.
The new pool will be named after a friend who died after falling from the 16th floor, and the idea came from a friend’s family, Sydney Olympic Swimming Association chairman Scott Johnson said on Saturday.
“We’ve had so many requests for the pool to be christened after someone who has passed away,” Johnson said.
“The idea came out of that.
A friend’s brother died and she wanted to do something for him.”
I think it’s great to have a pool that celebrates people and gives people a chance to feel loved, and that’s what we want to do.
“Swimming pool opened in 2017 at the same time as the Olympic Games opening ceremony, in a bid to attract crowds for the annual event.
Swimming is a popular sport in Sydney, with many of the country’s 50 million residents using the water in their homes.
A Christmas tree is seen at the Sydney Olympic Pool, Sydney, Australia, December 1, 2018.Reuters