By Tom Degun

Ellie-Simmonds 1December 13 - Glasgow have received a major boost after it was confirmed today that the Scottish city will host the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships.

Glasgow was originally awarded the 2015 European Championships but a change to the IPC Swimming calendar means that the competition has been upgraded to a World Championships.

The IPC World Championships are the biggest event on the calendar for disability swimming outside the Paralympics and the competition is expected to see more than 650 athletes from more than 50 countries in action, including British star Ellie Simmonds (pictured top).

The event will take place at the new Tollcross International Swimming Centre which will be used to host the swimming competitions at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"After changing the competition cycle of IPC Swimming, we are very happy that Glasgow agreed to our suggestion of upgrading the 2015 European Championships to a World Championships," said IPC chief executive Xavier Gonzalez.

"Glasgow has everything needed to stage our World Championships and we are looking forward to working with British Swimming, UK Sport, Event Scotland and Glasgow City Council to make these Championships a fantastic event."
Tollcross-Aquatic-CentreThe 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships will take place at the upgraded Tollcross International Swimming Centre

The Tollcross International Swimming Centre is currently undergoing a £13.7million ($22 million/€16.9 million) upgrade of its facilities ahead of the Commonwealth Games which are set to be completed early next year.

The refurbishment project will see the creation of a new six-lane, 50-metre warm-up pool to add to the existing 10-lane 50m competition pool.

"We are delighted to welcome the world's best swimmers to the UK after announcing that we are to stage the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow in 2015," said British Swimming chief executive David Sparkes.

"British Swimming together with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, EventScotland and UK Sport believe we can showcase Paralympic Swimming to the whole of World.

"We believe that we will put Paralympic Swimming and the IPC into a stronger position and in turn leave for the IPC a legacy which will prove to be an important landmark for the organisation.

"We look forward to welcoming the whole Paralympic swimming family to the friendly city of Glasgow and the beautiful country of Scotland which as we all know is passionate about sport.

"The Paralympics in London introduced the world to the quality of swimming and I hope that audience will embrace this competition in the same way."

The 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships will be staged in Canada next August.

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