Windsor to host the 2020 and 2021 FINA Diving Grand Prix
Diving Plongeon Canada (DPC) is pleased to announce the signing of a two-year agreement formalizing the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre as the venue for the FINA Diving Grand Prix – Canada Cup in 2020 and 2021. The event will take place in the spring and is expected to attract around 125 divers from over 15 countries.
“The City of Windsor was an amazing first ever Canadian host for the FINA Diving World Series from 2014 through to 2017. We left vowing to continue to partner with this incredible group and bringing the Canada Cup here is such a logical and exciting next step” says Penny Joyce, Chief Operating Officer for DPC. “This will be one of the largest diving events ever held in Ontario. The Windsor community will have a chance to see Canada’s top divers compete in their final tune-up before the Tokyo Olympic Games and then the year after the 2020 Games, hopefully with medals in hand.”
The Canada Cup has been one of the most frequented stops of the circuit for many years now, and the organizing committee is confident that it will become even more popular now that it will be held in Windsor, a city that has extensive experience in welcoming sporting events.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be welcoming the FINA Diving Grand Prix back to the City of Windsor,” says Mayor Drew Dilkens. “This facility was built for world-class diving and that’s exactly what residents and visitors will enjoy during the Canada Cup events in 2020 and 2021.”
The Windsor leg of this sporting event is supported by the City of Windsor, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada. It is expected to generate a significant social and economic impact for the Windsor community, as well as an important sports legacy for the Windsor Diving Club.
“We are very pleased that our partnership with Diving Canada continues to strengthen and because of that partnership, more divers are coming to Windsor leaving behind an economic footprint,” said Gordon Orr, Chief Executive Officer at Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. “Sport tourism is an important market for us and having world-class venues such as the Windsor International Aquatic Training Centre helps us secure our place on Diving Canada’s circuit and event roster. The tourism industry welcomes and looks forward to hosting the FINA Diving Grand Prix – Canada Cup in 2020 and 2021.”
The announcement took place during a press conference launching the 2019 Summer National Diving Championships, which will run from Friday, May 24th to Sunday, May 26th. A total of 54 divers representing 15 clubs from across the countries will be vying for national titles and spots on the World Championships, Pan American and FISU Games team.
“I love competing in Windsor, this feels like my home away from home,” says Celina Toth, from St. Thomas (ON). “I first dove here in 2017 at the FINA Diving World Series and the crowd was simply amazing. Knowing that I may have the opportunity to showcase my ability and my sport to my friends and family during the Olympic year is extremely motivating.”
About the FINA Diving Grand Prix
Each year, the FINA Diving Grand Prix invites top divers from around the world to compete for medals and world ranking points in a circuit of four-day meets. The intent is to provide the international diving elite with a high-level competition that takes place in countries or locations that have a strong tradition in the sport. The Grand Prix competition program includes women’s and men’s 3m springboard, 10m platform, 3m springboard synchro and 10m platform synchro.
In 2019, hosts cities included Rostock (GER), Calgary (CAN), Mission Viejo (USA), Madrid (ESP), Bolzano (ITA), Cairo (EGY), Gold Coast (AUS), Kuala Lumpur (MAS) and Singapore. For more details about the competition, please visit www.fina.org.
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