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REPORTING · 15th December 2013
Walter McFarlane
The Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre held an open house on Wednesday, December 11th to showcase their handicapped accessible equipment. They demonstrated everything from a waterproof wheelchair, a lift, the specially designed ladders and much more.

“We have a range of new equipment from the pool lift which is portable. It can be moved to each pool to lift people in and out of the water, we have an angel lift in our change room with a pull down bed similar to a hospital lift where we pull them up with a sling, onto the bed, change them on the bed then use the sling to put them back into their wheel chair,” said Gina Rowlett.

Among those who were touring the pool were Councillor Rob Goffinet and a group of nurses who wish to incorporate the equipment into therapy sessions.

Rowlett stated many of the pools are purchasing pool lifts these days, but the sling is rather news. There has been little competition for the equipment as well. Normally, a person who needs to use the equipment will let the pool know ahead of time so they can get it ready.

“We have been moving more and more and more towards having accessibility for everyone,” said Rowlett.