Despite having to undergo repairs, the Joan Harrison Complex is ready to host the SA Schools Interprovincial Tournament (IPT) which will take place from December 13 to 17.
IPT co-convener and tournament director Vaughn Meecham said a leak, which was discovered by BCM employees during routine winter maintenance, has been repaired and ongoing maintenance was currently under way.
“It was discovered by the BCM that a possible leak existed in one of the two linked water polo pools. The BCM subsequently drained the pools to find the source of the problem. This included checking of underground pipes, filter systems etc. It is my understanding that the source of the problem [leak] was an expansion joint,” he said.
Meecham added that the Joan Harrison Complex would be the centre stage for the premier age groups during the tournament.
“This event is one of the biggest school water polo tournaments in the world and certainly a great event to be able to showcase Buffalo City.
“This event will not only be televised but will see more than 4,000 visitors converge on our town for this great event,” he said.
BCM spokesman Samkelo Ngwenya said the metro was ready for the tournament.
“Currently, we are doing maintenance work on the expansion tension joints. We can allay any fears that our pools are ready and in good utilisation condition,” he said.
“The communication and commitment of the BCM amenities management team has been good and all issues raised have been addressed. A clear programme is in place to ensure we and the BCM will present and host a world class event. I would also place on record my gratitude to both counsellors Helen Neale May and Xolani Witbooi for their assistance and support of the upcoming IPT tournament,” concluded Meecham.
The tournament will showcase the best boys’ and girls’ provincial water polo players from the U13 to U19 age groups.