“Having the European Championships in the end of this year is very important to the continuing growth and development of the sport."
World Para Dance Sport has announced that the 2018 European Championships will be held in Lomianki, Poland, between 9 and 11 November.
The Championships is expected to welcome 110 athletes from 16 nations to the Sport Hall ICDS Lomianki, Staszica 2 venue. It will be the first major competition since the 2017 World Championships last October in Malle, Belgium; where 167 athletes from 22 countries competed over 18 medal events.
Now, the momentum from Malle 2017 is expected to carry over into Lomianki, where many of those world champions will return.
The Polish town is no stranger to hosting Para dance sport competitions. The Polish Open was held there last May, and Lomianki was also the site of the 2014 edition, where 108 athletes from 18 countries participated.
This year, Lomianki will double-up on competitions, hosting another Polish Open in June that would give dancers a taste of the venue ahead of November’s main event.
Camila Rodrigues, World Para Dance Sport Manager, said: “We are excited to return to Lomianki and thank the Local Organising Committee Swing Duet Łomianki for their enthusiasm in hosting Para dance sport competitions. The organisers did a fabulous job with the Polish Open a year ago, and I am confident they will deliver a spectacular event in November.
“Having the European Championships in the end of this year is very important to the continuing growth and development of the sport. We look forward to what this year’s European Championships will bring.”
Iwona Ciok from Swing Duet Łomianki said: “The Local Organising Committee will do everything to make Lomianki 2018 World Para Dance Sport European Championships a fantastic event and an important step on the development of our sport.”
The last European Championships were held in 2016 in Kosice, Slovakia, and saw 97 athletes from 15 countries take part. It was also the same year of the first Asian Championships, which were held in New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei.