Aligned Leisure and our partners at Mildura Rural City Council are thrilled to have claimed recognition across 2 hotly contested categories at the recent 2024 Aquatics and Recreation Victoria Awards.

Our region claimed its third Facility of the Year win, with the Red Cliffs Swimming Pool crowned the 2024 Seasonal Pool of the Year, joining Colignan Swimming Pool and Mildura Waves who took out top honours in 2021.

Red Cliffs Swimming Pool was considered Victoria’s best seasonal facility for its authentic focus on community, and the passion from its people and patrons, with initiatives like the recent free youth entry program adding further value to this important community asset.

Business growth, customer satisfaction rates, innovation and environmental sustainability also played a significant role in setting Red Cliffs Pool apart from the rest of the field, with strong local partnerships and community engagement featuring prominently in the nomination.

“This award is truly a win for the entire Red Cliffs Community who have supported the pool in making it the vibrant, safe and welcoming place it is for all. To be embraced by this community and work alongside them in bringing the pool to life each summer really excites us, and we wish to thank each and every person who has walked through the gates and made this Award win possible” – Mildura Leisure Manager, Caitlin Simmons

Mildura Waves Aquatic and Leisure Centre received a High Commendation in the Health Club of the Year Award in recognition of its distinguished service to the industry, narrowly missing out on top honours in this category.

Over the last 12 months the Mildura Waves Health Club Team came together to enhance the programs and services available to our community, with their achievements highlighted through the expansion of membership and group fitness offerings, and a major equipment upgrade.

The biggest reflection of the team’s efforts to receive this recognition came from the significant support provided to community through a host of new initiatives, including over $20,000 of annual passes funded to support community members in need, and a further $22,000 raised for charitable organisations.

“Being recognised at such a high level for our small Centre is a testament to the collective efforts of our passionate Health Club Team here at Mildura Waves in improving the lives of our community. It’s a celebration of our connection to our members and the many partnerships that have been formed to create a hub for health and wellness for all.” – Head of Fitness & Community Programming, Jarrod Simmons

Aligned Leisure also wishes to acknowledge the outstanding finalists from our Region:

  • Most Valuable Employee – Lachlan Purdue
  • Innovative Program – Youth Entry Pilot Program