Montreal, Canada, will play host to the 15th edition and last stand-alone FINA World Masters Championships from July 27 to August 10, 2014 exactly 20 years after successfully organising the event for the first time.
A total 7’794 competitors, representing 101 countries, will gather to Montreal. More than 6’000 swimmers will hit the pool at the Parc Jean-Drapeau Aquatic Complex, on Ste-Helene Island while another 1’370 will take to the open water in the rowing basin located on Notre-Dame Island. The championships count 950 water polo players, 487 synchro swimmers and 230 divers.
Participants from the host federation will come in great number (3’550) but also those from USA, France, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Great Britain, Spain, Venezuela, Switzerland and Argentina. A few from the Bahamas, Nigeria, Greece, Singapore, Senegal, Fiji, Tunisia, Bolivia and Moldova will also make the trip, making the World Masters a true universal experience.
The swimming competition kicks off on August 3 and will have 20 events, including 4x50m mixed medley and freestyle events; a 3km race will take place in open water on August 10; water polo games will be held from July 27 to August 2; divers will compete on the 1m, 3m and 10m boards starting August 5 and the synchronised swimming events will be held from July 28 to August 2 with Solo, Duet, Team and Free Combination.
Since 1990, Masters athletes aged 25 to more than 90 years old come and share their life passion for Aquatics, competing in one of FINA’s five aquatic disciplines – swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and open water swimming – while promoting fitness, fun and friendship.
Swimming News courtesy of FINA.