The new multi-million pound leisure centre opened its doors to the public on Saturday (10) for the first time.
VIPs including decorated swimmer Mark Foster and Olympic medallist Stephen Parry were among the guests of honour at the opening of the £19m Everyone Active Acton Centre.
They were joined by 3,500 visitors for a free open day to mark the occasion.
The six-time world champion Mr Foster, 44, was full of praise for the new facility. He said: “It's brilliant to see such amazing facilities in a community leisure centre, such as the 100 station gym, beautiful eight-lane 25m swimming pool and teaching pool.
“Whether you are into swimming, cycling, running, classes or even dancing, Acton residents have an incredible facility to get active. I'm sure the Everyone Active Acton Centre will bring the whole community together and encourage everyone to achieve their 30 minutes of exercise five times per week.”
Eleven-year-old Monica Aejandra Henao-de-Castro, who attends Berrymede Junior School in Acton, won a drawing competition and had the honour being the first youngster to jump in the 25m pool, along with Mr Foster.
Her head teacher Lubna Khan said every pupil from Berrymede would swim at the pool in the coming weeks. She also praised the new centre, saying: “It has been a fantastic opportunity for Monica and indeed all the students, to participate in the opening ceremony of the Everyone Active Acton Centre swimming pools. The presence of Mark Foster and the Olympians has made this an event to remember and indeed to inspire future generations.”
Other highlights on the day included a bike-off between Mr Foster and Mr Parry, who won bronze in the pool in the Athens 2004 Olympics. The pair took part a four-man bike race in the gym, won by Everyone Active manager James Bowden. Mr Parry beat Mr Foster into second place, while council leader Julian Bell came fourth in a strong field.
GB Olympic water polo players Fran Leighton and Adam Scholefield as well as synchronised swimmers Vicki Lucas and Adele Carlsen, were also in the pool passing on valuable tips to youngsters presents.
Some of the nation's finest crop of swimmers were also present on the day. GB water polo players Fran Leighton and Adam Scholefield (CORR) as well as synchronised swimmers Vicki Lucas and Adele Carlsen, were also in the pool passing on valuable tips to youngsters presents.
There were face painters, Fit for Sport activity sessions, magicians and balloon modellers to entertain the very young, while older people took part in free swimming, indoor cycling, Bollywood dancing classes and Power Plate workshops.
Dave Mitcham won the an Everyone Active hamper worth £3,500, including family membership, activity sessions, swimming lesson and a spa break.