Out with old, in with new

Out with old, in with new

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Southern River College students Trent Tanner, Keshy Luchoomun, head of health and physical education Brad Francis and students Jessica Tillman and Russell Cooper. Photograph – Richard Polden.

A new $8.4 million sports hall at Southern River College will officially hold its grand opening next year with a ceremony that will celebrate someone significant in Gosnells.

The old gym at the school has served its purpose for 43 years and had been partially destroyed by a fire in the 1980s.

Head of health and education Brad Francis said the poor condition of the old gym was starting to show in the last five years and a new gym was very much needed.

“The staff love the new digs and the students are really enjoying the space and putting it to good use,” he said.

“For me it’s an opportunity to excel, develop new sports and fitness programs and extend the existing ones.”

Mr Francis said the new gym is big, airy, has plenty of natural light and is acoustically designed to absorb all the unwanted sounds from an active gymnasium.

There are also new courts outside with landscaped surroundings.

The school offers a wide range of sporting programs including an outdoor education program, Inspire netball and soccer programs, general health and physical education, ATAR senior subjects and inter-school athletics carnivals.