Rutherford's John Mudd is ready to beat the heat at Maitland Pool

Swim legend John Mudd of Rutherford. PICTURE: Marina Neil.

Swim legend John Mudd of Rutherford. PICTURE: Marina Neil.

If there’s one person in Maitland who’s going to beat the heat this week it’s Rutherford’s John Mudd.

At age 89, Mr Mudd has been a regular at Maitland Pool since 1940 and he still loves to pump out a few laps during the swimming season.

Mr Mudd will be one of scores of Maitland people tipped to pass through the pool turnstiles on Friday when the temperature is tipped to nudge 40 degrees.

Visitation to Maitland pool dropped by 7.8 per cent last year on the previous year’s figures while East Maitland pool also recorded a slight decrease.

Maitland councillor Henry Meskauskas said visitation was again off to a slow start this season with some cooler days but now the weather is warming up he hopes visitation will will soar.

Construction on the city’s new $7 million indoor heated pool is on track for a mid 2017 opening.

Council has called for expressions of interest for the lease of its two pools but will continue to operate them until a decision is made on the merger with Dungog.

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