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Eindhoven Site Visit Anticipates Successful Swimming Championships


The 2010 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships (50m) are full in preparation mode, after an official site visit yesterday in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Taking place on 22 February, representatives from the IPC Management Team, the appointed Technical Delegate Susan Prasad, and the Local Organizing Committee discussed the achievements and the next steps regarding overall organization of the World Championships.

The successful site visit in Eindhoven also included the host broadcaster and an MSL Representative, who went over the needs and services to be provided at the competition.

IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez said that the Local Organizing Committee has clearly shown strong development.

“There is still a lot of work to be done, but it is very exciting to see the progress already underway,” Mr. Gonzalez said. “Athletes and spectators will have a great experience in Eindhoven this summer.”

Overall, numerous details in competition management were reviewed, together with the Sport Forum and protocol events. The Local Organizing Committee said they will continue in further preparations to make this event the best possible for athletes and spectators.

The 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships will take place from 15-21 August 2010, at the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. A total of around 800 athletes from 57 different countries are planning to compete in the big event.

Previously held in 2006 in Durban, South Africa, the World Championships occur every four years. The 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships will be the fifth instalment.

2010 IPC Swimming World Championships Schedule Announced

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In 16 different events, athletes from all over the world will compete for titles and medals in the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium in Eindhoven between 15-21 August. The organisation of the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships announced this today on their website.

Tournament Director Henny Smorenburg said: “We have a varied programme, which guarantees a whole week of top class sports in Eindhoven and Eersel (the open water event on 21 August). It gives everyone the opportunity to visit the event, in part due to the advantageous start times of the races. The heats will start at 9:00 in the morning and finish at about 11:30, while the finals will run from 17:00 until approximately 20:30. Following the change in the rules of the International Paralympic Committee, the S14 category (people with an intellectual disability) will also participate.”

“There's already a lot of interest in tickets,” says Smorenburg. “People regularly asked about possibilities. I am therefore happy to announce that since last Monday ticket sales through the website have started.”

Entry tickets cost € 6.- (day ticket for heats and finals) and a passe-partout can be purchased for € 30.- (ticket for heats and finals for 7 days, including the open water event in Eersel). There will be no separate tickets for heats and finals.

Swedish Swimmer competing

Swedish Swimmer competing

BT Paralympic World Cup Swimming Concludes


Athletes took strong finishes in the Swimming competition, finishing the week-long 2010 BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, Great Britain.

With Swimming taking place on 31 May, athletes from all around the world took the opportunity to bring in the best results possible. And for the first time this year, a team challenge was introduced for the World Cup, with Great Britain taking on teams from the Americas, Europe and the Rest of the World. In competition, athletes represented their regions and their results went toward the overall BT Paralympic World Cup trophy.

Overall, the Rest of the World region took the top position in terms of Team Trophy points with 120, followed by Europe (110), Great Britain (105) and America (65).

For the final day of Swimming, the Men's 100m Backstroke (S8) saw Thomas Young and Sean Fraser from Great Britain taking first and second place respectively. Coming in third was Daniel Schafer, who represented Europe. In the Women's 100m Backstroke (S6), another athlete from Great Britain, Nyree Lewis, took first with a result of 42.80. Following Lewis were Fuying Jiang and Julia Castello Farre who both represented the Rest of the World.

For the Men's 50m Freestyle (S7), Great Britain's Matthew Walker took first with a result of 28.51. Following Walker were compatriot David Roberts and Lantz Lamback who represented America. In the Women's 50m Freestyle (S8), Shengnan Jiang and Yanru Xu took first and second respectively, both representing the Rest of the World. Coming in third position was Amanda Everlove who represented America.

The final day of Swimming was highlighted by one of Great Britain's top athletes, Eleanor Simmonds, who took first and broke her own World record in the Women's 200m Individual Medley (S6). Simmonds was followed by compatriot Natalie Jones and Europe's Verena Schott.

The Swimming competition was broadcasted live from the Manchester Aquatics Centre on its final day on BBC Television, the official televised partner to the event.

Taking place from 25-31 May, athletes competed at world class venues in Manchester for the 2010 BT Paralympic World Cup, including the Manchester Regional Arena for Wheelchair Basketball, Football 7-a-side and Athletics, and the Manchester Aquatics Centre for Swimming.

The 2010 BT Paralympic World Cup was sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Cerebral Palsy International Sports & Recreation Association (CPISRA) and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) and supported by BT, ParalympicsGB, the FA, Manchester City Council and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).

Eindhoven Test Event Readies World Championships


A recent test event in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has secured final preparations for the 2010 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships.

Taking place on 3 June, the test event covered operations for the World Championships in areas including timing, results management and broadcasting. Those visiting Eindhoven were IPC Swimming Sport Manager Agnes Szilak, Technical Delegate Sue Prasad, the Local Organizing Committee, Host Broadcaster Unicem and a team of national officials. Paralympic athletes from the Netherlands were an additional part of the event, simulating competition for observers.

As part of the test event, participants also visited the open water venue and discussed related tasks. The 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships will take place from 15-21 August 2010 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Kevin Paul

Kevin Paul

Natalie Du Toit

Natalie Du Toit

Kevin Paul

Kevin Paul

German International Championships Set For Berlin


A total of about 630 athletes from 47 countries are preparing themselves for the 2010 German International Swimming Championships in Berlin, Germany.

Taking place from 17-20 June at the Swimming and Diving Hall in the Europa-Park, this is the 24th edition of the big event. All athletes will be taking advantage of this opportunity to compete on an elite level, and ultimately preparing for the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships from 16-23 August in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Some of the events to take place at the competition in Berlin include 100m, 200m, and 400m Freestyle, 50m and 100m Breaststroke, 50m and 200m Backstroke, and 100m and 200m Butterfly.

The 2010 German International Swimming Championships are organized by the Paralympic Sport Club Berlin (PSC), a club dedicated to encourage athletes with and without a disability in competitive sport. The Patron of the event is the Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Thomas de Maizière.

New Partner Highly Involved in IPC Swimming Championships


Catering company Createring has been announced as “Official Partner” of the 2010 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships this summer in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The announcement was made by Henny Smorenburg from the Local Organizing Committee, and Maarten van Beugen and Coen van Genugten from Createring Management. Mr. Smorenburg said that the new “Official Partner” is to turn eating and drinking into a unique experience for the athletes, volunteers and guests at the World Championships.

“We are very proud and happy to welcome Createring as partner of the World Championships,” Mr. Smorenburg said. “Besides taking care of the catering for all our guests, staff, athletes and volunteers, Createring is emphatically showing their involvement in the World Championships.”

Createring has an innovative cuisine and is specialized in large-scale catering for events. The 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships will connect with Createring's ambition to present itself at large sports events.

Taking place from 15-21 August 2010 at the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium in Eindhoven, the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships will be seeing top athletes with a disability from all around the world.