Two mums keep afloat running four community pools
TWO hard-working Yarraman women have proven they have what it takes to run multiple South Burnett pools and they are doing it exceptionally well.
Linda Smith and Danielle Davies, from Summer Country Aquatics, are ready for the upcoming pool season and they are confident everything is in place at their multiple pool sites.
The entrepreneurial pair manage the Blackbutt, Yarraman, Nanango and Crows Nest pools.
Mrs Smith said they couldn't do it without their fantastic team.
"We have 12 great people working for us,” Mrs Smith said.
"You have got to have good staff, we employ good local people.”
Winter has not been quiet for the two woman as they have been busy with the popular Nanango pool.
"We have been doing lessons all through Winter at Nanango Aquatic Centre,” she said.
Mrs Smith was born and raised in Yarraman and said she was proud to now be the pool's manager.
"I was in Yarraman Swimming Club as a kid, it all started here,” she said.
"All five of my kids went to the Yarraman pool and after my twins started swimming at three years of age I got my accreditation.”
Mrs Smith, who has now been running South Burnett pools for 10 years, said each pool had its own personality and it was definitely not a one size fits all approach to pool management.
"Every town and pool is different, you can't just move to a pool and say this is what we are doing,” she said.
Managing multiple pools came with a number of challenges but Mrs Smith said there were a number of crucial things they always made sure they put into place.
"You have to buy local and support the local community,” Mrs Smith said.
"We sponsor sporting teams and make it very accessible for the school.”
Mrs Smith put to rest any thoughts of running more pools in the future.
"No, this will do us for now,” she joked.
All four pools will be open this Saturday, September 22 and swimming lessons start on Monday, October 15.
For more information or to book in for the upcoming swimming lessons call your local pool.