YMCA Swimathon at Oasis Aquatic and Leisure Centre

SWIMMERS at Oasis Aquatic and Leisure Centre have raised almost $4000 for swimming programs for people with disability.

The funds were raised through the YMCA Swimathon, which saw children flock to the Centre with their families for free face painting, games, a jumping castle and fun in the pool.

Swimmers set challenges for themselves - with some swimming as many as five kilometres.

Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett, was in attendance on the day, which also saw the launch of $760,000 worth of upgrades and refurbishments to the Centre.

These include a new timber sprung floor and ceilings in the group fitness room, an overhaul of the female and male bathrooms, family change rooms with baby change tables and showers to ensure youth security, and facilities for disabled visitors.

Facilities for people with disabilities include a cold filtered wheelchair compliant water dispenser and sensored lighting in the bathrooms.

Outside the building, the refurbishments include a grassed area, shade sails and accessible pathway.

One of the most extensive changes is the upgraded pool filter and heat pump to ensure the cleanliness and temperature of the outdoor pool.

Donations can still be made for the Swimathon - visit  www.ymcaswimathon.org.au and type in postcode 2756.