Swimming is truly an incredible sport, one missed breath or one missed stroke can be the defining moment that puts you behind your rivals and stops you from reaching first place. Training must be rigorous and form must be impeccable.
While we all prepare ourselves for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 there are plenty of great swimming competitions to keep us occupied throughout the coming years. Games are held on both a national and international scale with exciting encounters between Olympians, Paralympians and world champions.
Here at Simply Swim we have put together a complete guide to the top swimming tournaments coming in 2014, from the British Gas Swimming Championships, to the Commonwealth Games.
If you fancy yourself as quite the swimming enthusiast then you’ll love this. Let’s take a closer look.
British Gas Swimming Championships
First up are the British Gas Swimming Championships: The events take place in Glasgow between the 10th and 15th April 2014 at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.
The races see Britain’s top Olympic swimmers compete against one another for prestigious British titles and a place at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the summer.
Amongst the wealth of talent competing is: Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson, Gold Commonwealth champion Hannah Miley and five-time Commonwealth winner Liam Tancock. The events will also see Britain’s best para-swimmers competing.
Learn more at www.swimming.org
British International Para-Swimming Championships
The next event is the British International Par-Swimming Championships: again hosted at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.
The competition is being held from the 18th to the 21st April 2014 and sees the UK’s top Paralympic swimmers go head to head against rivals both international and domestic, as the team for the 2014 International Paralympic Committee Swimming Championships begins to form.
The championships will see esteemed aquatics champions Emily Simmonds (OBE), Amy Marren, Ollie Hynd (MBE) and Jon Fox (MBE) competing, as well as the most active Para-Swimmers in the country.
Read more at www.swimming.org
British Gas International Swimming Meet
In preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the UK’s most elite swimmers will refine and perfect their skills in preparation for the intense challenges that lay ahead.
The meet will take place from June 24th to the 28th 2014 and will be held at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.
Find out more at www.swimming.org
Commonwealth Games 2014
The athletics event of the year, the Commonwealth Games are set for Glasgow from the 23rd July to the 3rd August 2014.
The games will bring some of the world’s best athletes: from Olympians to newcomers, challenging them both mentally and physically and keeping audiences on the edge of their seats.
Competitions will take place at the Tollcross Aquatic Centre’s 50-metre pool over the course of six days and will see the best of the best fighting for that ever elusive first place.
Discover more by visiting www.glasgow2014.com
15th FINA World Masters Championships
From the 27th July to 10th August 2014 the Federation Internationale de Natation will be hosting the 15th World Masters Championships in Montreal, Canada.
The activities will consist of five aquatic disciplines, including: Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised and Open Water Swimming.
Find out more by visiting: www.fina.org.
32nd LEN Championships in Berlin
The Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN) is set to take place between the 13th and 24th August 2014 in Berlin.
The 32nd LEN will see the best aquatics sportspeople in Europe undertake breath-taking races, synchronised swimming and a spectacular diving competition.
To learn more about the LEN Championships in Berlin, visit www.bln2014.de. The website is in German but can easily be translated into English.
IPC Athletics Championships 2014
And finally, the IPC Athletics Championships will take place at the Swansea University International Sports Village next year from the 18th to the 23rd August 2014.
This is first time that the IPC Athletics Championships have been hosted in Great Britain.
The event itself is expecting to welcome around 600 athletes from over 40 countries to participate in the games and the swimming competitions will take place in Wales’ national swimming pool.
Visit www.paralympic.org for further details.
So now that you know when and where the top swimming competitions are in 2014 there is no reason to miss out on the action.
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