WINDSOR, Ont. – The new Family Aquatic Complex in Windsor, Ont., will host seven major swimming events in the coming year, including the 2014 Canadian Masters Swimming Championships May 16-19.
Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis announced today that the soon-to-be-completed facility will also welcome the following meets:
• Ontario Provincial Swimming Championships (Division III), December 13-15, 2013, to be hosted by the Windsor Aquatic Club
• Masters Swimming Ontario Championships, March 27-29, 2014, to be hosted by the Windsor Essex Swim Team
• Amanda Reason Invitational Meet, May 2-4, 2014, to be hosted by the Windsor-Essex Swim Team
• Synchro Swim Ontario Open Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships, May 20-24, 2014
• Windsor-Essex Swim Team International Meet, July 11-13, 2014
Masters Swimming Canada Executive Director Nancy Black is pleased that Masters swimmers will be among the first to test the Family Aquatic Centre in a major meet.
“The pool is built to be fast, so we expect swimmers of all abilities to produce personal best times. The complex’s water park will boost the fun factor between races – and swimmers who are parents can turn Nationals into a family vacation,” Black said.
“The City of Windsor is proud to share the four partnerships being created today with the community, delivering considerable direct and indirect economic benefits,” said Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis. “Hosting of the 2014 Canadian Masters Swimming Championships will be a key milestone for our new Family Aquatic Complex and for our growing aquatics community in Windsor. We could not be happier to welcome Canada’s greatest adult swimmers, and look forward to delivering an incredible visitor experience for all participants.”
The events will bring to Windsor direct spending of $3.4 million, and an overall economic impact of $7.6 million overall.
The events come on the heels of the International Children’s Games, which will be the first competition to visit Windsor’s new 50-metre pool in August of this year. Windsor has also been selected to host the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2016.
“We are very proud of Windsor’s involvement in hosting not only international aquatic events in your community but national events at your facility as well,” said Aquatics Canada President Lisa Schott. “Aquatic sports can make a meaningful difference to your community by contributing to the local economy through events like these and also by inspiring citizens of all ages to just swim.”