Dublin, Ireland, will host the 2018 World Para Swimming European Championships next summer. The Champs will run from August 13-19, held at the National Aquatics Centre. According to paralympic.org, over 500 competitors from more than 40 countries are expected to compete, making this the biggest event at the National Aquatics Centre in 15 years.
“The Government is delighted that this event is coming to Dublin, and the National Sports Campus in particular,” said the newly appointed Minister for State at the Department of Tourism, Transport, and Sport, Brendan Griffin. “Ireland has a rich and proud tradition in Para swimming with many medallists down through the years, yet the Irish public have never before had the opportunity to experience a major Para Sport Championships. Many of the current Irish swimmers train daily in this fine facility so to be able to bring such an important event to their home pool is very special, and I’m confident the public will support this event in great numbers.”
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven said, “We are greatly excited to be staging this event in Dublin and would like to thank the Organising Committee and all delivery partners for their enthusiasm so far. The Championships will be the largest Para sport event ever to be held in Ireland and I am confident that with multiple Paralympic, world and defending European champions in action, the public will be treated to the very best of what Para swimming has to offer.”
This will be just the fifth-ever occurrence of these championships. Reykjavik, Iceland, held the inaugural meet in 2009, and Berlin, Eindhoven, and Funchal have hosted since then.