Paralympics Ireland, together with its event partners; Swim Ireland, Failte Ireland, and Sport Ireland has officially announced that they will host the 2018 Para Swimming European Championships at the National Aquatic Centre from 13th to 19th August 2018.
This is the very first time such a prestigious Para sport event will come to Ireland. It will attract many of the world’s leading Para swimmers with over 500 athletes from forty countries set to descend on the capital for seven days of unforgettable competition in August next year.
The Championships will be the biggest competition to be held at the National Aquatic Centre in fifteen years presenting an unrivalled opportunity to internationally showcase all the National Sports Campus has to offer.
The Special Olympics World Games was one of the first events to be staged at the Centre in 2003 and the European Swimming Championships were also held there later the same year.
Dublin’s winning of the bid to stage the Championships has been a collective effort over many years.
On foot of the remarkable success of the Irish team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Paralympics Ireland was determined to find a way to maintain the increased public awareness, commercial support and media engagement generated at that time. Hosting a major para sport competition for very first time in Ireland, right at the midpoint between the Rio and Tokyo Games was seen as the ideal solution.
The documentation that was prepared in 2014 is a best in class example of what is needed to win a major event such as this and included valuable contributions from Swim Ireland, Sport Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Abbey Conference and Events, the Government through Minister at the time Paschal Donohoe, Dublin City Council, the business community through Allianz and others and even a letter of support from Sport for Business which said at the time…
“Paralympics Ireland have created a new vision of what disability means and how Paralympic athletes are celebrated and supported. Bringing such a major event to ireland would fasten the progress that has been made and show to others what is possible within a smaller European Nation once sporting, business and Government ambitions are aligned.”
“The Government is delighted that this event is coming to Dublin, and the National Sports Campus in particular,” said newly appointed Minister for State at the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport Brendan Griffin.
“Ireland has a rich and proud tradition in Para swimming with many medallists down through the years, yet the Irish public have never before had the opportunity to experience a major Para Sport Championships.”
“Many of the current Irish swimmers train daily in this fine facility so to be able to bring such an important event to their home pool is very special, and I’m confident the public will support this event in great numbers.”
“We firmly believe true understanding and appreciation of the elite athletic nature of Paralympic athletes can only realised by witnessing the sports live,” added Paralympics Ireland new CEO Miriam Malone who is also Chair of the Organising Committee for the Championships.
“Irish Paralympic athletes have been competing and achieving consistently all over world for many years. We are incredibly excited and extremely proud that now we can bring them home and provide the opportunity for a supportive Irish public to see for themselves their talent and that of their European counterparts.”
“We are greatly excited to be staging this event in Dublin and would like to the thank the organising committee and all delivery partners for their enthusiasm so far,” according to International Paralympic Committee Chairman Sir Philip Craven.
“This Championships will be the largest Para sport event ever to held in Ireland and I am confident that with multiple Paralympic, world and defending European champions in action, the public will be treated to the very best of what Para swimming has to offer.”
“We were delighted to support the bid to bring the Para Swimming European Championships to Ireland,” said Failte Ireland Head of Business and Events Ciara Gallagher.
“Winning high profile events like these to our shores gives us an opportunity to profile this country as an attractive, professional and welcoming destination for global events and is a great calling card when we seek to win future events – with their participants and fans – to Ireland.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase swimming at the top level and for the Irish public to come out and support our athletes competing on the European stage at the home of Irish swimming,” concluded Swim Ireland Chief Executive and President of the Olympic Council of Ireland Sarah Keane.
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