By Dawn Krebs
MARTIN COUNTY -- Having been open for a little more than a year, the Sailfish Splash Waterpark Aquatic Athletics Center is "swimming" in good news, as it was recently announced the center was chosen by the Florida Swimming Pool Association to be the site for the High School Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet for 2013-14.
"The FSPA is pleased about this partnership," said Wendy Parker Barsell, FSPA executive director. "The Sailfish Splash Waterpark Aquatic Athletics Center makes an excellent venue for the meet. The athletes will benefit from the state-of-the-art competitive arena, while all visitors will enjoy the amenities of Martin County."
At the meet, approximately 2,000 students from more than 75 high schools, along with their families and coaches, will travel to Martin County to compete in the two-day event. As a result, it is estimated that close to $1 million dollars will flow into the local economy.
"The Florida Swimming Pool Association's selection of the Sailfish Splash Waterpark Aquatic Athletics Center emphasizes that we have a winning combination: a championship caliber Aquatic Athletics Center set in the convenient, affordable, relaxed, engaging and family-friendly environment of Martin County," said Kevin Abbate, director of the Martin County Parks & Recreation Department.
The Pine School, named as the host high school, will provide volunteers and hospitality for coaches, officials, media, and volunteers.
This announcement comes on the heels of the park being selected as the training facility for other sports groups.
"For the third time in as many months, the Sailfish Splash Waterpark Aquatic Athletics Center fulfills its promise as a generator of positive economic impact," said Tom Colucci, executive director, Treasure Coast Sports Commission.
In May, it was announced the park will be the new winter training site for NCAA-caliber swimming and diving teams, and earlier, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced the park is also their new training home.