Sheffield prepares to host the cream of international Synchro
7 Feb 2011
Synchronised Swimming will be making its return to Sheffield after more than ten years when the city hosts the prestigious LEN European Champions Cup this spring.
The event, which is supported by UK Sport and partners in Sheffield, will see the continent’s top athletes competing for honours as they look to prepare for the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai.
Sheffield will welcome synchronised swimming world leaders as Olympic Champions Russia and Olympic silver medallists Spain are expected to reignite their rivalry in the Team and Duet events.
The three day event, which takes place between 20th – 22nd May, will offer new volunteers and audiences an opportunity to see the athletic sport just 14 months out from the Olympics.
Lucy Crickmore, Major Events Consultant at UK Sport, the nation’s high performance sports agency, said: “UK Sport is committed to bringing world class sporting events to the UK ahead of 2012, in what we believe is the most comprehensive pre-Games events programme ever staged by an Olympic and Paralympic host nation.
“The LEN European Synchronised Swimming Champions Cup in Sheffield, backed by our National Lottery funded World Class Events Programme, offers a fantastic opportunity for Britain’s elite synchronised swimmers to test themselves against Europe’s best on home soil ahead of the Olympic Games in London in 2012. The event also provides us with the opportunity to hone the skills of key officials and to train volunteers, which is vital for building capacity within the sport to host events in future years.”
Sheffield City Council has worked alongside British Swimming and UK Sport to stage prestigious international competitions in the city for many years and are excited about welcoming synchronised swimming back to Sheffield.
Cllr Roger Davison, Sheffield City Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the city, giving us the chance to welcome visitors from across the world and the opportunity to be able to showcase the facilities and expertise we have in the city.
"It is not often you get the chance to watch some of the world's best synchronised swimmers compete on our doorstep but that is exactly the opportunity we are being given here.
"I would urge anybody who can to come along and watch this prestigious event and support our own athletes as we gear up to the London 2012 Olympics - which, after all, is only just over a year away.
"We see Sheffield as an ideal venue for international training camps in the lead up to 2012. And we are pleased to offer our regional volunteers and audiences an opportunity to see this sport.”