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July 2018

Bangor beats London to win World Cup… of Pools!

Bangor Aurora has won the first ever World Cup of Pools competition, beating the London Aquatics Centre, the location for many swimming events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Bangor had to beat a pool from Crawley in England in its first round match, but was then pitched against increasingly high profile London-based facilities, culminating in a final against the London Aquatics Centre.

The final lasted 3 days, from Tuesday July 10th until Friday 13th, with Twitter votes from the pools’ followers deciding the result. After one day of the competition, London had a sizeable lead of around 500 votes. Bangor stayed in the runner-up spot until Thursday night, pushing for local votes but never managing to draw level.

But on Friday morning, the local community came alive. Companies, sporting organisations, sports stars like Keith Gillespie and Barry McGuigan, politicians from across the political divide, local people with only a few Twitter followers - they all came together, voting, retweeting and pushing for the Northern Ireland win. By 11am Friday morning, Bangor were 1,000 votes clear and they never looked back.

Gordon Pennock, Partnership Director at Bangor Aurora said:

“When we entered into this competition back in May, we had no real idea what to expect. This was the first one ever but we knew from seeing the other pools selected that we’d be up against some formidable sporting facilities.

In many ways, we had the ‘draw from hell’, facing high quality aquatics facilities from the south of England in each round, all with engaged social media followings and loyal customer bases.

The English pools had a lot going for them, but we had the people of Bangor, of Belfast, of Ards and of all the other local areas, who came together to create this wonderful feel-good moment for the customers and staff at my centre.

I’m so proud of everyone involved in this. Seeing the comments we’re getting and the genuine pride people are feeling in this victory makes the effort involved so very worthwhile.”


 

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