Performers to Thrill IPC Swimming Worlds Opening Ceremony

13 Aug 2010 By IPC

Several entertainers are set to be both presenters and performers at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships tomorrow, giving audience members high anticipation for the competition to come in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Entertainers for the big event include singer Nici Apfel and piano player Sven Jansen, who both were born blind. The Red Lobster Divers, which is a foundation for divers with a disability, will be showing off their skills in the water as part of the programme. The senior synchronized duet of Elisabeth and Nicolien will be performing in the water for the audience, both of whom have been part of the National Duet of the Netherlands since 2009. Junior synchronized duet Anouk and Margot will also be performing.

The mascot of the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships will be making a special appearance as well during the Opening Ceremony.

IPC President Sir Philip Craven will be giving an official speech during the ceremony, welcoming everyone who has come to watch Paralympic Sport on the World Championships level. President of the Local Organizing Committee Henny Jacobse will also be speaking.

Taking place from 15-21 August, more than 640 athletes from 53 different countries will be participating at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Competing inside the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium for the gold, silver and bronze medal in their respective event, the number of participating athletes and countries will be one of the largest of any previous Swimming World Championships.