IPC Announce Glasgow as Host to 2015 European Swimming Championships
By iSportconnect | April 3, 2012
Glasgow has been chosen to host the International Paralympic Committee’s 2015 Swimming European Championships.
Last years European Championships in Berlin saw a record number of participants and 31 world records broken, the IPC is expecting even more swimmers in Glasgow. More than 500 swimmers from over 40 countries are expected to compete.
The venue will be the new Tollcross International Swimming Centre, the same pool that will host the swimming competitions of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The venue is currently undergoing a £13.7million upgrade of its facilities, which will be finished in the spring of 2013. The refurbishment project will see the creation of a new six-lane, 50-metre warm-up pool to add to the existing 10-lane 50-metre competition pool
Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted that we are already in a position to announce the host city for the 2015 IPC Swimming European Championships.
“Being the host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow will provide everything we need for a highly successful Swimming European Championships in 2015.
“This will be the first major Para-Swimming Championships in Great Britain following London 2012 and we are looking forward to working with British Swimming, UK Sport, Event Scotland and Glasgow City Council to make these Championships a fantastic event.”
David Sparkes, Chief Executive for British Swimming said: “We are delighted to have won the bid to stage the IPC European Championships in Glasgow in 2015. British Swimming together with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, EventScotland and UK Sport believe we can showcase Para-Swimming to the whole of Europe.
“We believe that we will put Para-Swimming and the IPC into a stronger position and in turn leave for the IPC a legacy which will prove to be an important landmark for the organisation. We look forward to welcoming the whole European Para-Swimming Family to the friendly city of Glasgow and the beautiful country of Scotland which as we all know is passionate about sport.”
Tollcross International Swimming Centre will also be used during Glasgow’s hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.