Leisure pool, sauna and spa now open!

Leisure pool, sauna and spa now open!

22 April 2022

What’s new at Whyalla Recreation Centre

The addition of new fitness equipment together with a number of high-quality members to an already dedicated staff team, highlight the commitment of YMCA South Australia (the Y) to ensuring Whyalla Recreation Centre retains its place as the community’s leading leisure facility.

The Y has invested $135,000 in renewing gym equipment and added a Lateral Pulldown and Hip machine to the centre’s impressive suite of exercise aids in the week leading up to Easter. The new pieces were purchased by the Y which manages the centre in partnership with Whyalla Council.

In response to projected participation and membership growth, the centre has also recently added three new members to the staff team -

  • Jennyfer Scholz – returns as a YMCA team member. Has a background in Children’s Services and joins the team as a Lifeguard and in Kids Club and birthday party hosting.
  • Gabby Rodda – currently completing year 12, Gabby has a passion for health and wellness with a Cert 3 in fitness and experience caring for children. Gabby joins the lifeguard team and also in Kids Club and birthday party hosting.
  • Grace Smallacombe – Grace is also completing year 12 and last year completed her placement in the Health Club for her Cert 3 in fitness. Grace enjoyed her time at the centre so much she has now joined the team as a Lifeguard, Customer Service member and birthday party host.

Whyalla Recreation Centre manager, Jodi Selin, said that the staff additions were vital to help the centre rebound from the effects of the recent pandemic.

“Along with many industries, recreation has been hit badly by staff shortages due to the effects of the covid event and regional centres have been even worse off due to smaller populations,” she said. “We’re very excited to announce these great appointments and I believe they will provide the momentum for the centre to grow in both participation and service quality as we move forward.”

“The Y’s commitment to investing in the centre through renewing equipment is also a huge benefit to the community. The local community has been through a tough time and I’m keen to help everyone become healthier and happier,” said Ms Selin.

New staff Gabby Rodda (left), Grace Smallacombe (middle) and Jenn Scholz (right)