Friday, October 14, 2011

Sports and Fitness : Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

Being a sporty kind of person (at least I like to think I am!), one of the first things that I looked for when I first arrived was a place to stretch my legs and play my favourite sports. I soon found that there was no better place than the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (or MSAC to locals).

MSAC was opened in 1997 and is located in picturesque Albert Park Lake precinct (also the venue for the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix). It is a truly amazing one-stop sports facility covering a plethora of sports & activities like:

  • Water Sports – Outdoor 50m pool with 3000 seat grandstand, diving, a variety of smaller indoor pools for lap swimming, children’s play (water slides and wave pool), hydrotherapy, etc.
  • Huge fitness and wellness centre for gym training, yoga, pilates, etc.
  • Stadium sports – Basketball, Squash, Badminton, Table Tennis, Volleyball, etc.

Not surprisingly, MSAC frequently hosts world-class events like 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships and of course local and state events like table tennis championships.

What I like about the place is how social and accessible the place is. The centre frequently arranges social sessions where strangers can come together and play sports like basketball, badminton, table tennis, etc. This especially useful for new Melbourne citizens who have not made many friends yet or simply don’t have mates that share the passion for a particular sport.


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