British Swimming looks to host 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow
Saturday, 08 September 2012
September 8 - British Swimming has revealed it is in negotiations to host the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, rather than the European Championships that it is already scheduled to stage.
It was announced in April this year that Glasgow would host the 2015 IPC Swimming European Championships at the new Tollcross International Swimming Centre (pictured top), the venue that will host the swimming competition for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
However, British Swimming chief executive David Sparks revealed that his organisation is in discussions with IPC Swimming about the prospect of swapping the European Championships for the more prestigious World Championships.
"The IPC and Glasgow will be looking with their partners Event Scotland, UK Sport and British Swimming, exploring the potential for how we can deliver in 2015 a IPC Swimming World Championships rather than the planned IPC European Swimming Championships," said Sparks.
"This will be a fantastic opportunity for the British Paralympic Swimmers to prepare for the Paralympics just one year away in Rio in 2016."
Should British Swimming be successful in securing the World Championships, it will be a major boost following the London 2012 Paralympics, which has so far been a major success for the host nation.
Ellie Simmonds has been the undoubted star, having already claimed two gold medals and a bronze, while she is almost certain to continue until at least Rio 2016, meaning she would be the main attraction at a 2015 World Championships in Glasgow.
Securing the event would also be a big boost for the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, which is currently undergoing a major £14 million ($22 million/€18 million) upgrade of its facilities ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
The fully refurbished venue will reopen in the spring of 2013 where it will see the creation of a new six-lane, 50-metre warm-up pool to add to the existing 10-lane, 50m competition pool.
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