Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Bringing the Commonwealth Games to a closed Wales.

There's a certain irony in Swimmer Jazz Carlin wining Gold s in for Glasgow 2014 when she took gold in the 800m freestyle.

She is the first Welsh woman to win Commonwealth Games gold in the pool for 40 years.

This comes with the the future of leisure centres and swimming pools in RCT will be put on the line this week after cuts to Rhondda Cynon Taff’s leisure service have been reassessed.

On May 14, six of the seven Phase Two service change proposals were rubber-stamped by RCT Council – but a decision on the future of leisure services was deferred by then cabinet portfolio holder Councillor Robert Bevan.

And more than two months on, cabinet will meet on Thursday, July 31, to discuss a report on leisure service provision undertaken by the corporate management team. There are expected to be changes from the initial proposals.

Phase Two’s proposed £1.2m per year saving sought to rearrange the service around three core centres – Llantrisant Leisure Centre, Rhondda Sports Centre and Michael Sobell Sports Centre including Aberdare Swimming Pool.

It proposed reducing the opening hours of Abercynon Sports Centre, Tonyrefail Sports Centre, Hawthorn Leisure Centre and Rhondda Fach Sports Centre, whileBronwydd Pool in Porth and Llantwit Fardre Leisure Centre faced the axe.

Hawthorn Swimming Pool would close to the public and transfer to the local secondary school.

If this is replecated throughout Wales then it may be more than 40 years fr wales to win a swimming Gold

Yesterday First Minister Carwyn Jones admitted that there would be no guarantee Wales will bid to host a future Commonwealth Games, says First Minister Carwyn Jones.

On a visit to Glasgow, he said it would be great in principle to host the Games, but the costs are high, with the Glasgow Games costing about £500m.

He also said Cardiff might not be the only city to be considered as a host.

Mr Jones suggested it could be somewhere that needed to be regenerated, but was also accessible.
It would be nice to see what we can do to move to the next step
In 2012, the Welsh government said it was working with Cardiff council and others on a feasibility study looking at hosting the event in 2026.

In January, the council said no decision will be made until after the Glasgow Games and last week sports minister John Griffiths said it would be "entirely fitting" for Wales to host the Commonwealth Games - and a bid may be considered after reviewing Glasgow 2014.

For Wales to host the Commonwealth Games would not only require Wales to increase the infrastructure for a two week event . But to build a team that would do us proud as the host nation as Scotland currently shows .

We heard so much about the Olympic legacy but that looks bleak at least in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

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