The world’s best divers are in Montreal this weekend!
MONTREAL – The Olympic Park’s Sports Centre hosts the FINA/CNSG Diving World Series April 27-29, 2018
Montreal will be host to the prestigious FINA CNSG Diving World Series beginning Friday. This will be the first time Montreal hosts this annual event, set to be held in the city until 2021. The Olympic Park Sports Centre will showcase the artistic and athletic exploits of 65 divers from 14 counties, all vying for a spot on the podium and a chance to ascend the world rankings. Spectators will have the privilege to see the best Canadian and international divers at work, including many Olympic medalists, world champions, as well as recent Commonwealth Games medalists.
« For our city, the promotion of sports is of utmost importance. Physical activity plays a major role in the health and quality of life of Montrealers. I would like to wish all athletes the best of luck. Through your accomplishments, you have become wonderful role models. We would also like to thank Diving Canada who, for the past 50 years, has done remarkable work to promote this discipline from coast to coast,“ said the Mayor of Montreal, Mrs Valérie Plante.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the greatest divers in the world today at the FINA Diving World Series,” said Penny Joyce, Chief Operating Officer at Diving Canada. “We know the athletes will be inspired and motivated to dive at the Olympic Park Sports Centre, which is steeped in a tradition of excellence and still remains today as one of the premier diving facilities for in the world. We will put on a great show for Montreal, the epi-centre of Canadian aquatics and renowned worldwide for its homegrown talent.”
From April 27th to 29th, World Champions Shi Tingmao (3m / CHN), Xie Siyi (3m / CHN), Cheong Jun Hoong (10m / CHN) and Tom Daley (10m / GBR) will rub shoulders with crowd favourites Jennifer Abel (3m, 3m synchro, 3m mixed / CAN), Philippe Gagné (3m, 3m synchro / CAN), Meaghan Benfeito (10m, 10m synchro, 10m mixed / CAN) and Vincent Riendeau (10m / CAN), all very eager to show off their skills. With many finals scheduled every day, the competition format promises to wow the crowds. The eight Olympic events are scheduled, in addition to the mixed synchronized diving events.
The Montreal stopover of the Diving World Series lands at an exciting time on the competition calendar as Canadian divers have just returned home from a very successful Commonwealth Games in Australia. At the Games in Gold Coast, the diving team won eight medals, including Jennifer Abel’s gold in the 3m springboard event. The Olympic Park Sports Center crowd will have the opportunity to congratulate Team Canada on their recent performances.
“I was extremely proud to win two silver medals for Canada at the Commonwealth Games”, declared Philippe Gagné, who will be competing in the 3m springboard individual and synchro events. “Not only did the medals validate that I can compete with the best in the world, but they’ve given me a lot of momentum heading in to the World Series in Montreal. I’m really excited to have the chance to compete in front of my family and friends and I hope we have a huge turnout at the pool!”
Divers Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu (3m synchro), Caeli McKay (10m synchro), Celina Toth (10m), Pamela Ware (3m), François Imbeau-Dulac (3m, 3m synchro, 3m mixed) and Nathan Zsombor-Murray (10m mixed) will join Abel, Benfeito, Gagné and Riendeau as part of the Canadian contingent.
In addition to sponsors China National Sports Group (CNSG), Omega Timing and Hosa, 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.
High diving demonstration
Thrill seekers will also be rewarded with a special presentation by Canadian high diver Lysanne Richard. Every day, the high diving specialist will kick off the event’s second session with a dive from the 17m platform. The native Montrealer has been making a splash on the international scene since 2015, including being crowned FINA Female High Diver of the Year in 2016. Also of note, Olympic Park Sports Centre will be hosting a high diving camp from May 6-12 2018.
About the 2018 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 2018, the Diving World Series is featured in Beijing (CHN), Tokyo (JPN), Montréal (CAN) and Kazan (RUS). For more information, please visit: www.plongeonmtl.com or www.fina.org
Tickets: Tickets are still available and may be purchased online at www.plongeonmtl.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.
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