Open Pool opened for new season by Olympian athlete

Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool
Team GB Winter Olympian Ben Kilner (pictured) cut the ribbon opening the pool for this year. The Art Deco venue was created in 1934 and is Britains only Olympic-size, heated seawater, open-air pool. 

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Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool Team GB Winter Olympian Ben Kilner (pictured) cut the ribbon opening the pool for this year. The Art Deco venue was created in 1934 and is Britains only Olympic-size, heated seawater, open-air pool. � Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES No use without payment.

A special visitor swapped his snowboard for swim shorts as he got the new season underway at Stonehaven’s unique swimming pool.

This year’s season, the pool’s 82nd, of the Stonehaven Open Air Pool was officially opened by Team GB Winter Olympian at both Sochi and Vancouver and current British Snowboard half-pipe champion Ben Kilner.

The opening took place at 11am on Saturday, May 28 after months of work by the Friends of the Pool, in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council.

Team GB athlete Ben Kilner said: “As a snowboarder, opening a swimming pool will be a first for me.

“But as any athlete knows, swimming is a great way to keep fit and the Stonehaven Pool is an amazing facility for Aberdeenshire, offering healthy fun and swimming for all ages.”

Chairman for the Friends of the Pool, Pete Hill, thinks having a figure of that stature will raise its profile.

He said: “We are particularly delighted to welcome an Olympic athlete to officially open the pool for the 2016 season.

“Ben represents an age group which tends not to swim in the pool. Kids, parents and grandparents are great supporters of the pool but there’s a big gap between teens and parents who seem to forget we exist.

“We say the pool’s cool when it’s hot and fun when it’s not. We hope Ben will help raise the pool’s profile with that missing age group.”

The pool will be open daily until Sunday, September 4, when it closes for the season.