Olympic Venue to Host Worlds Diving Elite
The world’s diving elite will return to the UK next year for the FINA/NVC Diving World Series – the first international event to be held in the London Aquatics Centre since the 2012 Olympic Games.
Thanks to a partnership between British Swimming, UK Sport, London and Partners, London Legacy Development Corporation and charitable social enterprise GLL, the event will make its debut in London between 25th and 27th April 2014, and will feature the top ranked divers in the world.
The FINA/NVC Diving World Series will be the first international competition hosted by the venue since works to significantly transform the centre from Olympic Games to legacy mode have been completed.
UK Sport have confirmed an investment of up to £100,000 from its National Lottery backed Gold Event Series, which aims to bring up to 70 world class events to the UK by 2019, to support the hosting of the Diving World Series in London
Simon Morton, Director of Major Events at UK Sport, said: “The Diving World Series will be the first world class sporting event to be staged at the London Aquatics Centre since London 2012 and is another example of great legacy use of one of the iconic sporting venues from the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“I am delighted that through the National Lottery funded Gold Event Series we continue to attract prestigious events to the UK. The combination of outstanding venues, technical know-how, passionate fans and thousands of experienced volunteers mean the UK is recognised as one of the best places in the world to stage international sport.”
It is the sixth time British Swimming and UK Sport have secured the event in the UK and David Sparkes, British Swimming CEO, said: “We look forward to welcoming the best divers in the world back to London. Many of those attending will already have fantastic memories of the iconic venue and of the 2012 Olympics.
“This event marks the beginning of the history of the pool within legacy mode and we wish the divers well as they start the next chapter in the life of this fabulous building.”
Reflecting on the legacy of the Olympics, The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The 2012 Games continue to change lives in the capital and I hope news that the world’s diving elite will return to our amazing Aquatics Centre next year will inspire even more Londoners to take to the pool. An increase in sporting activity should be one of the great legacies of the Games and hosting the Diving World Series will contribute to that aim.”
GLL Director Peter Bundey commented: “As operators of the London Aquatics Centre, GLL are delighted to be working closely with British Swimming to host the FINA/NVC Diving World Series. A key ambition for the legacy venues was to attract World Class Events to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the FINA/NVC Diving World Series will showcase these fantastic facilities across the world.
“As a charitable social enterprise, we will be working to use these events to inspire a new generation of young athletes and encourage more local people to take part in sporting activity”.
The FINA/NVC Diving World Series is a high-profile competition which offers an annual competition opportunity for the world’s highest ranked diving stars.
The 7th edition in 2014 will consist of six meets: Beijing (CHN) from March 14-16, Dubai (UAE) from March 20-22, London (GBR) from April 25-27, Moscow (RUS) from May 2-4, Windsor (CAN) from May 30-June 1, and Monterrey (MEX) from June 6-8.
Tickets for the London leg of the series will go on sale early in the new year.