Press Release courtesy of FINA Athletics
The fourth edition of the FINA World Aquatics Gala “Soirée des Etoiles”, an evening fully dedicated to pay tribute to the aquatic stars of the year, will be held in Sanya City, China, on Saturday December 2, in the Mangrove Tree Resort World Sanya Bay.
The best athletes of the year, to be announced on December 2, have been chosen through a selection process which looks at the points collected at the most important FINA events and according to the athletes’ respective ranking. In swimming, World Records points also count. Check out the criteria here
FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione declared: “We are looking forward to celebrating the brilliant results our best athletes have obtained in their discipline of choice. They deserve the highest recognition and this special evening will pay tribute to their success. It is a real honour to partner with Alisport for this prestigious “Soirée des Etoiles” and Sanya will be the perfect host.”
The “Soirée des Etoiles” (Evening of the Stars) was first held in Doha, Qatar, in December 2014, following the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) and the FINA World Aquatics Convention. It was then organised in Budapest (HUN) where the best athletes of 2015 were awarded and in Windsor (CAN) in December 2016 to praise the 2016 winners.
For each athlete recognition, the respective coach is also awarded for its personal committent and hard work toward the achievements of its athlete.
List of past winners
The location of this year’s ceremony in Sanya came as a natural choice given that FINA partnered last year with Chinese giant Alisport, a long-term partnership which will run through 2025. The island is a famous holiday destination in this part of the Asian continent.
Find out more information about travel and accommodation on FINA website and don’t hesitate to contact the FINA Communications department for further information.
Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)
The Fédération Internationale de Natation, founded in 1908, is the governing body for aquatics worldwide. FINA’s five discipline Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming – are all included in the Olympic programme. High Diving made its first appearance in FINA events at the 2013 FINA World Championships. FINA counts 208 affiliated National Federations on the five continents and has its headquarters in Lausanne (SUI).