Woodward chooses Sydney for landmark action sports centre

Woodwards Sydney will contain two major rock climbing walls.

Woodward will open its first action sports centre outside of North America at Castle Hill, west of Sydney.

The Pennsylvania based specialist gym – with members that have gone on to win 48 Olympic medals – has signed up for a three storey complex at QIC’s Castle Towers, on Old Northern Road.

Over three levels, Woodwards Sydney will spread 3650 square metres.

Spreading 3650 square metres, it will offer year-round training for aerial awareness, BMX, bouldering, rock climbing, scooters, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding.

A Woodward facility in the United States.

At the corner of Showground Road and Kentwell Avenue, there will also be a bar, gym and event spaces.

Supported by Ski & Snowboards Australia, Skate Australia, Gymnastics NSW and the state government’s Office of Sport, it is upon completion next year expected to be used by schools Sydney-wide.

Castle Hill is 34 kilometres from town.

Most innovative facility planned: Woodward

Woodward operates from seven US cities.

“At Castle Towers, we’re building a transformative town centre that anticipates the lifestyle needs and values of the growing Hills Shire community,” QIC Investment general manager, Matthew James, said (story continues below).

“The addition of Woodward’s world-leading action sports facility speaks directly to that aspiration,” he added.

“The fact that Woodward has selected Castle Towers for their first destination outside of the US validates our long-term vision for the region and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with them on this endeavour,” according to the executive.

Woodward was established 52 years ago

“Sydney is the ideal city for our first expansion overseas given its history as a destination that embraces sports and commitment to the actions ports lifestyle,” the sport group’s president, Chris Gunnarson, said.

“Woodward Sydney will be our most innovative concept to date – and a model for future urban centres,” he added.

“Woodward has historically been known as the place to go if you are an aspirational professional athlete, and we all want Woodward locations to be focused on empowering athletes of all abilities and age levels to safely progress on a clear path at their own pace using our unique blend of innovative environments, dynamic programming and passionate staff,” according to the executive.

“Woodward Sydney will epitomise that mission”.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of realestatesource.com.au.