IPC Swimming World Championships
13-19 July
Glasgow city
ⒸGlasgow 2015

© • Glasgow 2015

The existing 50m, 10-lane pool has been joined by a new 50m, six-lane warm-up and training pool, ensuring world-class facilities for the event.

About Glasgow 2015

Over 580 athletes from nearly 70 countries competed in the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, the seventh edition of the competition.

About Glasgow

Glasgow, with a population of around 600,000, is Scotland's largest city and is the commercial capital of Scotland. It is the UK's largest retail centre after London.

Situated in the Central Belt of Scotland on the west coast it is easily accessible by road, rail and air. The city is situated on the banks of the River Clyde, at the heart of Scotland's only conurbation. It is Scotland's principal commercial centre and one of the United Kingdom's main regional retail and main office centres.

Glasgow is one of Europe's top 20 financial centres and is home to many of Scotland's leading businesses.

The city houses many wonderful municipal art galleries and museums, first class sports and leisure facilities; excellent theatres; an array of restaurants, pubs and clubs; and beautiful parks. Spectacular countryside and coastal views are within easy reach and the city is only 69km from Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh.

About the Pool

The competition was based at Tollcross International Swimming Centre. The venue is owned by Glasgow City Council and was extensively refurbished and extended. The existing 50m, 10-lane pool was joined by a new 50m, six-lane warm-up and training pool, ensuring world-class facilities for the event.

Fast facts

Tollcross International Swimming Centre is located in Tollcross Park. The park covers 83 acres and the land was purchased for 34,544 Euros (29,000 GBP) in 1897. The park’s opening ceremony coincided with Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

Tollcross Park has many outstanding features, including a children’s farm, international rose garden and refurbished hothouses known as the Winter Gardens.


Glasgow 2015 were the seventh IPC Swimming World Championships to take place with the previous events listed below:

2013 – Montreal, Canada

The 2013 IPC Swimming Championships closed with 43 new world records set and 172 gold medals awarded between the 12-18 August. Nearly 480 athletes from 53 countries competed at the Championships, in what was the biggest gathering of international swimmers since London 2012 and the first event of its kind in North America.

Thirty-nine countries won at least one medal, over half of the entire number of National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) that fielded teams. Ukraine topped the medals table with Russia second and Great Britain third.

2010 – Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Between 15 and 21 August, 649 athletes from 53 countries took part in the biggest IPC Swimming World Championships to date. During six days of competition, the Pieter van den Hoogenband stadium hosted 181 medal events.

Ukraine topped the medals table with 58 medals, including 20 golds, whilst USA and Russia finished second and third respectively.

2006 – Durban, South Africa

After winning 52 medals including 24 golds, Great Britain topped the medals table with USA in second and Ukraine third. A total of 549 athletes from 49 countries took part in the final major event before the Beijing 2008 Paralympics.

The USA’s Jessica Long and China’s Wang Xiaofu (China) were the leading athletes of the each smashing five world records.

2002 – Mar del Plata, Argentina

More than 50 world records were broken and many personal bests set at the 2002 IPC Swimming World Championships. A total of 574 participants from 53 nations took part in the competition from 6 to 17 December. One highlight was the first IPC Open Water World Championships, which were carried out in the Atlantic Ocean. The final medal tally was topped by Great Britain with 32 gold, 23 silver and 21 bronze. Canada was second and China third.

1998 – Christchurch, New Zealand

From 7 to 17 October, more than 450 athletes from 51 countries took part in the 1998 IPC Swimming World Championships. Canada topped the medals table with 25 golds, though Great Britain claimed the most medals overall with 58. Australia finished third in the medals tally with 13 golds and 47 total medals.

1994 – Valletta, Malta

Nearly 500 athletes from 44 countries took part in the 1994 IPC Swimming World Championships.


To contact the Local Organising Committee, please email Natasha Cuthbert: Natasha.cuthbert@swimming.org

For media enquiries relating to IPC Swimming contact:

Lucy Dominy, IPC Public Relations and Campaigns Manager on email Lucy.Dominy@paralympic.org or phone +49 228 2097-159.

2015 IPC Swimming World Championships Medal Table
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Russia 32 19 20 71
Ukraine 21 27 15 63
USA 11 11 8 30
Brazil 11 8 4 23
Great Britain 10 12 10 32

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