FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

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After a successful inaugural edition in Welland (Ont.), Canada in 2012, the fresh faces of the open water world stage will make the trip to Eilat (ISR) for the 2nd FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, taking place in 2014.

Divided in two age groups (14-16 years and 17-18 years), boys and girls will take the plunge in races of 5km for the youngest category and 7.5km for the oldest.

Apart from individual events, a 3km Team Event composed of three swimmers is also organised for both age categories.


Welland 2012: Germany dominates first edition of FINA World Junior OWS Championships

FINA World Junior Open Water Championships

The team of Germany dominated the first edition of the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, taking place in Welland, Ontario (CAN) from August 17-19, 2012. Germany's swimmers earned four out of the six gold medals at stake, and took another silver and bronze medal. The remaining two titles went to China and South Africa.

On Day 1, Rob Muffels (GER) and Michelle Weber (RSA) became the first ever world junior champions in open water swimming.

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Welland 2012 - Venue

With nearly 7 km of uninterrupted flatwater and consistent depth and basin-like characteristics, as well as, some of the most placid and beautiful flat water in the world, the Welland International Flatwater Centre and waterway is the perfect location for the 1st FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships.

The course for open water swimming is more than 100 m wide with multiple access points for safety.

Paved asphalt trails for viewing and safety considerations border each side of the course which is supplied with clean, fresh water of the highest freshwater quality. Every aspect of this unique venue meets or exceeds all existing international standards for open water swimming.

 

Welland 2012 - Accommodations & Transportation

Affordable athlete lodgings will be at the Welland Campus of Niagara College (10 min from course) or at Brock University (20 min from course).

Accommodation options for FINA officials, coaches and families will be at hotels in Niagara Falls and Welland.

Free shuttles will run throughout the day between all official event accommodation locations, the training locations (Welland Recreational Waterway and at Brock University 50 m pool) and the course site.

Team and official transport will be available from all 3 local international airports.

 

Welland 2012 - Agenda (preliminary)

Wednesday, August 15

Athlete Training (Waterway + 50m pool)

Thursday, August 16

Athlete Training (Waterway + 50m pool)

Development Clinics (Coaches, Officials and Athletes)

Opening Ceremonies

Friday, August 17

Boys 7.5km (17-18 years)

Girls 5km (14-16 years)

Saturday, August 18

Girls 7.5km (17-18 years)

Boys 5km (14-16 years)

Sunday, August 19

Team Event (17-18 years)

Team Event (14-16 years)

Closing Ceremonies