Diving Canada – Medallists from the Olympic Games and World Championships set to compete
at the Montreal Olympic Park Sports Centre from April 26 to 28
Montreal, April 25, 2019 – The world’s finest divers have arrived in Montreal for the third leg of the 2019 FINA/CNSG Diving World Series. After competing in Sagamihara (JPN) and Beijing (CHN) 85 divers from 14 diving powerhouses will go head to head to win more medals, prize money and ranking points at the Canadian stopover of this world-renowned event.
“The City of Montreal is pleased to welcome the FINA Diving World Series for a second year. Having a healthy and active lifestyle are a priority for our administration, and therefore, we actively contribute to sports organizations and sporting events each year. I invite all Montrealers to come out and cheer for the members of the Canadian diving team during this international event and wish good luck to all athletes”, says the Mayor of Montréal, Mme Valérie Plante.
This year’s competition will feature 30 medallists from the Budapest 2017 World Championships and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games who will be showcasing their talents in ten events. Amongst them are Olympic champions Jack Laugher (GBR), Shi Tingmao (CHN) and Cao Yuan (CHN), as well as world champions Tom Daley (GBR), Maddison Keeney (AUS) and Evgenii Kuznetsov (RUS). International diving stars and Olympic medallists such as Pandelela Pamg (MAS), Patrick Hausding (GER) and Canada’s own Jennifer Abel and Meaghan Benfeito are also not to be missed.
With many finals scheduled every day, the competition format promises to please the crowds. The eight Olympic events are scheduled, in addition to the popular mixed synchronized diving events. Canadian high diver Lysanne Richard will also be executing a dive from the 17m platform to kick-off the evening session each day. The Canadian contingent will be looking to build upon its successful results from the 2018 World Series in Montreal when Team Canada was represented in every final and won five medals.
“After such a successful event in 2018, we couldn’t be more excited to be back in Montreal this year,” said Penny Joyce, Chief Operating Officer at Diving Plongeon Canada. “Thanks to the passionate diving fans in this city as well the tremendous support from the volunteers and the event hosting partners, our team looks forward to performing every year in this city and winning medals for Canada in front of a hometown crowd.”
In addition to series sponsors China National Sports Group (CNSG), Nongfu Springs and Omega Timing, the Canadian stop of the FINA Diving World Series is supported by the City of Montreal, Tourisme Montréal, the Government of Québec and the Government of Canada. The event is set to be hosted at the Olympic Park Sports Centre until 2121.
About the Canadian diving team
So far this season, the Canadian diving team has combined to win eleven medals at the first two legs of the circuit, held in Sagamihara (JPN) and Beijing (CHN). Jennifer Abel (Laval, QC | 3m, 3m synchro, mixed 3m), Meaghan Benfeito (Laval, QC | 10m, 10m synchro, mixed 10m), Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu (St-Constant, QC | 3m synchro), Philippe Gagné (Ville Mont-Royal | 3m, 3m synchro), François Imbeau-Dulac (St-Lazare, QC | 3m, 3m synchro, mixed 3m), Caeli McKay (Calgary, AB | 10m synchro) and Nathan Zsombor-Murray (10m synchro, mixed 10m), have all contributed to the medal haul.
In Montreal, they will be joined by Montreal’s Vincent Riendeau (10m) and Pamela Ware (3m), as well as Victoria’s Celina Toth (10m) and Saskatoon’s Rylan Wiens (10m).
About the 2019 FINA/CNSG Diving World Series
Since 2007, the FINA Diving World Series has been the premier international circuit for diving with stops in different cities around the world. In 2019, the Diving World Series is featured in Sagamihara (JPN), Beijing (CHN), Montréal (CAN) Kazan (RUS) and London (GBR). For more information, please visit: www.divingmtl.com or www.fina.org
Tickets: Tickets are still available and may be purchased online at www.divingmtl.com. Tickets range from $12 to $25 per day. Special rates are available for the three-day passes as well as for tickets for children 12 and under.
Broadcast: In Canada, the event will be webcast by CBC and Radio-Canada, as well as on CBC’s Road to the Olympic Games. It will also be broadcast later this spring on RDS.
About Diving Plongeon Canada
Diving Plongeon Canada (DPC) was established in 1967 as a not-for-profit organization to promote the growth and awareness of the sport in this country. As a member of FINA, the world’s governing body of aquatic sports, DPC contributes to the development of globally accepted standards of excellence in diving and supports the rules and regulations of international competition. Representing nine provincial diving associations, 67 local diving clubs and close to 4,000 high-performance athletes, DPC shares a national commitment to advance the art and sport of diving and to position Canada as the number one diving nation of the world. For information, visit www.diving.ca.
For more information:
Diving Plongeon Canada
514-475-4540 | email@example.com