The Atlantis Leisure Centre in Oban is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and the town’s famed Formula One racer Susie Wolff helped it to do so in style by hosting a celebratory dinner.
The event took place in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls, with Mrs Wolff joined by Scotland rugby star Abi Evans, who also hails from Oban, Paralympic champion Karen Darke – who has just broken the world hand cycling speed record – and motorcycle road racer Robert Wilson from Taynuilt.
The star, who is now team principle for the Venturi Formula E team, said: “I’m enormously proud of my roots, Oban will always have a special place in my heart and I have such fond memories of training at Atlantis Leisure over the years.
“The facility became crucial for my strength and fitness training when I began karting and it’s very important to me that the young people of Oban have the same opportunities and access to the facilities that I had with Atlantis for many more years to come.”
The Atlantis Leisure project was taken over by the community-based company on October 1, 1992, with directors now pushing to upgrade the current facilities in the building.
Fundraising and grant applications have been sought for the makeover of the organisation’s corridors, toilets and changing rooms.