Mountbatten Leisure Centre

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    Another location where many memories were made, far too many to count, was the Mountbatten Leisure Centre's 50m pool. Situated in Hilsea, the centre includes a swimming and teaching pool, as well as a squash court, dance studios, an all-weather pitch, a number of tennis and netball courts, as well as a cafe. This pool, like the London Aquatics Centre, has beautiful architecture, with a dramatic wave-like roof that sweeps down to cover the pool, an absolute treat to look at when swimming backstroke. Many Hampshire competitions were held here a few years ago, including County Championships, Easter Weekend Competitions, and Area Leagues. It's simply because it's a wonderful pool, and a fast one at that (if you know, you know). Not to forget the windows on the far side of the pool which look out onto Alexandra Park. During competitions, this park was a place me and my teammates would often flee to for our lunch breaks. On the other side of the building, you can stroll down the Hilsea Shore Path, which overlooks Tipner Lake, which is part of the historic Portsmouth Harbour. The path has been reconstructed with a new seawall, information signs, a variety of plantings, and plenty of seating, perfect for getting some fresh air post-swim.