Budding diver saddened by planned closure of Scartho Baths
OLYMPIC inspiration could be crushed for this 11-year-old boy due to the planned closure of Scartho Baths.
As reported, the pool in Scartho Road will close in about two years' time and a new facility will be built as part of a £7.5-million project at Grimsby Leisure Centre, featuring a 25-metre pool and a new gym.
However, the new Cromwell Road site will not have a steam room, sauna or diving board facilities – much to the disappointment of one young athlete.
Cleethorpes Academy student Keegan Camburn enjoyed watching Tom Daley diving so much in this summer's Olympic Games he recently started the sport himself.
He said: "I have been reading Tom Daley's autobiography and watching him on TV and it has really inspired me to get into diving.
"I have only been doing it for the last five weeks but I love it.
"The first time I jumped off the top diving board was awesome.
"I am upset that the pool is closing and it is a big mistake to build a new one without diving facilities.
"It does make me sad thinking about having to stop diving.
"All I want to do is improve but I won't be able to do that.
"I have made a lot of friends at Scartho Baths and they don't want it closed either because there is nowhere else in the area to go diving.
"I just don't want it to close."
Many parents get great pleasure from seeing their children take part in the sport at the swimming pool.
Keegan's dad Rich James, 30 of James Street, Grimsby, added: "When I told Keegan the pool was going to be shutting he was gutted.
"It really is a crying shame because I used to come here as a child and it is a great facility.
"It is good to see young kids doing something they enjoy.
"There doesn't seem to have been any thought put into the future of the facility and how it could be used.
"The council should spend the money on doing up the existing pool that is still always really busy.
"I feel sorry for the kids that will have to stop diving in the area."