CANADA’S OLYMPIC DIVERS KICK OFF COUNTDOWN TO MAJOR INTERNATIONAL DIVING EVENT IN MONTREAL
Diving Plongeon Canada – Montreal, September 19, 2017 – Olympic medalists Annie Pelletier, Emilie Heymans, Meaghan Benfeito and Jennifer Abel joined their voices today to invite Canadians to cheer on the world’s brightest divers as Montreal becomes a host city for the prestigious FINA Diving World Series.
The announcement was made at the Olympic Park Sports Centre, where the event will take place April 27-29 in 2018 and for the next three years until 2021. This high-profile competition will feature Canada’s finest divers, facing off against many Olympic medalists from around the world.
“We are thrilled to be bringing this highly competitive, prestigious event to Montreal,” says Penny Joyce, COO at Diving Plongeon Canada. “Montreal is like the heart and soul of Canadian diving and we are looking forward to seeing our great Canadian athletes like Jennifer Abel and Meaghan Benfeito battle against world and Olympic champions in an Olympic-type setting in their own backyard.”
Each year, Diving World Series participants must qualify for the circuit by placing in the top-eight in individual and the top-six in synchro events at the Olympic Games, World Championships or World Cup. The format of the World Series is custom made for spectators, with shorter events that feature a maximum of six divers or synchro teams, and with finals being held each day. Working with its international federation, FINA, Diving Plongeon Canada transforms the diving tank into a dramatic stage, complete with creative design and special lighting.
“We can’t wait to welcome our teammates from around the world and diving fans here next April. The level of competition at the World Series is always spectacular,” says three-time Olympic medalist Meaghan Benfeito. “There’s nothing that compares to the feeling of competing at home, in front of your supporters. It’s going to be quite a show!”
The event will be a great opportunity to witness in-person spectacular acrobatics, amazing athleticism and grace in the pool where the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games occurred. The eight Olympic events will be staged (women’s and men’s 3-metre springboard, 10-metre platform, 3-metre springboard synchro and 10-metre platform synchro), in addition to the very popular mixed synchronized events.
“The Olympic Park Sports Centre is Canada’s ideal location to host this type of event,” said Michel Labrecque, President and CEO at the Olympic Park. « Our recent 30-million-dollar renovation has modernized the aquatic centre, which is the largest in Canada, and is the high-performance training home facility for many Quebecois and Canadian athletes. The athletes will have the chance to push their limits here, a place they are able to call their second home, during the FINA Diving World Series. Our Sports Centre is also very unique as it doubles as a performance centre but is also accessible to the public. The local community can benefit on a daily basis from this great facility, which is an important sport legacy from the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games.”
Montreal will be the second Canadian city to host the FINA Diving World Series. The competition was formerly held in Windsor, Ontario, from 2014 to 2017. As in previous years, fans from across the country will be able to follow the action on Radio-Canada, CBC and RDS. The competition will also reach a worldwide live audience of 40+ million households.
The World Series in Montreal is part of a long-term agreement between Diving Plongeon Canada and FINA that sees the Diving World Series stopping at the Olympic Park for the next four years. The Montreal leg of this sporting event is supported by the City of Montreal, Tourisme Montréal, the Government of Québec and the Government of Canada. It is expected to generate a significant social and economic impact for the Montreal community, as well as important sports legacy for local clubs and the provincial federation, Plongeon Québec.
‘’We’re delighted to be hosting the world’s best divers in our world-class aquatic facilities, as Montreal will host the FINA Diving World Series’’, said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. ‘’Not only this event is coming in Montreal in 2018, but also until 2021, showing that Montreal is a leading host city for sporting events. This event will benefit the region economically and socially, while boosting its sports capabilities.’’
About the 2018 FINA Diving World Series
The FINA Diving World Series was originally launched in 2007 and is regarded as the premiere international diving circuit. For the 2018 series, athletes qualified based on their performances at the 2017 FINA World Championships last summer. The top eight divers in each individual event and the top six divers in each synchro event were invited to compete on the four-city tour which includes Beijing (CHN), Kazan (RUS), Tokyo (JPN) and Montreal (CAN).
For more details about the competition, please visit www.fina.org.
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