British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes had high praise for the delivery of the 2016 European Aquatic Championships held in London over the past two weeks, and looks forward with excitement towards the next championships to be held in Glasgow.
The two week event wrapped up on Sunday, the culmination of three years of planning after the city was awarded the event back in 2013.
“Once again Great Britain, through our key funding partner UK Sport and key stakeholders, have delivered a world class event in what is an iconic venue,” said Sparkes.
“I would like to thank and congratulate all of those involved in putting on this fantastic event. From the organizing committee to every single volunteer, all have played a valuable role in delivering and inspiring Europe’s greatest athletes,” said Sparkes.
The swimming portion of the 2018 addition will be held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, but the competition as a whole will have a much different look than in the past.
The event will be shifting from an aquatics championships to a new multi-sport format, adding sports from existing championships to give athletes the biggest and best stage to compete on. They’ll be adding athletics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing, triathlon, and a new golf team event to the aquatics lineup in what will now be called the European Championships rather than the European Aquatic Championships.
All but athletics will be held in Glasgow from August 1st-12th, with athletics being held in Berlin from the 7th to the 12th.
“British Swimming is delighted to be working once again in partnership with Glasgow City and Scottish Swimming on this ground breaking project,” said Sparkes.
“This innovative event builds on the success of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and we believe will change the face of European sport competition for decades to come. It’s an opportunity to showcase swimming alongside other sports, and to recapture the magic that we all experienced in the summer of 2014.”
“The 2018 European Championships are all about protecting the rich history and heritage of the existing individual sport championships while making them stronger for the future. These events represent the crown jewels in our event portfolios and will be carefully nurtured.”
“One of the key reasons why the sports have come together is to benefit from the powerful upside of aggregation, for example in the form of a higher profile and reach through our EBU partnership, the ability to create the best possible stage for our athletes to compete on, as well as enhanced long term financial security” added Sparkes.