A recent edition of The Glengarry News featured a story about the demise (albeit temporary, we hope) of the therapeutic aqua-fitness program at the Glengarry Memorial Hospital swimming pool.
I am one of the first to admit that I wasn’t even aware we had a public swimming pool in the county until I began my job as sports editor of The News some 15 years ago. I connected with the administrator at the time, Sue Derby, to learn about the programs offered in the facility and to promote them to the community, via stories in The News. The hospital, too, advertised its therapeutic pool offerings, yet still many county residents I spoke with seemed unaware of the pool, insisting the only pools available were in Hawkesbury and Cornwall.
To a point, that was and is true. The larger centres offer full-size pools, along with complete swimming instruction programs. The pool at Alexandria’s hospital was never intended to compete with them. Instead, with its smaller size and warmer water, the pool is designed primarily to assist people in their recovery injuries and surgery.
A range of in-pool fitness programs, along with basic swimming instruction, are also offered, though the former is on hiatus, at least for now. Regular users of aqua fitness are frustrated to see their sessions suspended, as the hospital says it continues to search for a qualified instructor.
Here’s hoping that search will bear fruit soon, and the pool can get back to business as usual.