Building Dreams

12/30/08 UPDATE: The team’s final practice will be New Year’s Eve from 9a-Noon.  Then the 10m platform that helped produce our local Olympians comes down first, because it’s a liability.  It’s truly, sadly the end of an era.

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If you don’t know Laura Wilkinson, you better ask somebody!  She’s the Olympic Platform Diving Gold-Medalist from The Woodlands.  For years, The Woodlands diving facility has developed and trained Olympians like Laura.  But those days are over.  The facility officially closes this week.  The only hope to keep this world-class tradition alive is Laura’s foundation.  She’s trying to raise money to build a new facility.  The vision is awesome, but it won’t happen without some big time help.

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Here’s what Laura’s trying to accomplish:  a new facility located on 10-15 acres near The Woodlands.  It will be an innovative, world class sports facility that will offer state of the art equipment and features for a variety of sports to benefit aspiring athletes in the community.  The main building in its distinct design will house a 20,000 square foot gymnastics area, a 10,000 square foot diving dryland training room, a cardio and weight training room, locker rooms, a unique baby swim pool, four dance studios, a dance stage and auditorium as well as classrooms, medical treatment rooms, conference and party rooms, offices, a reception and lounge area, and unique parent and kid friendly viewing areas.  The outdoor diving well will include multiple 1 and 3 meter springboards, a full set of platforms, a sparging (bubbler) system, and a hot tub.

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