SPORTS fans in Milngavie and Bearsden will be able to get close to the action after it was announced that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has chosen Glasgow to host its 2015 Swimming World Championships.
The Championships are the biggest event on the calendar for disability swimming outside of a Paralympic year and the competition is expected to see more than 650 athletes from more than 50 countries compete for honours.
Swimmers will compete at the new Tollcross International Swimming Centre, the same pool that will host the swimming competitions of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The venue is currently undergoing a £13.7million upgrade of its facilities, which will be finished in late spring of 2013.
A refurbishment project will see the creation of a new six-lane, 50-metre warm-up pool to add to the existing 10-lane 50-metre competition pool
Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer, said: “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.”
Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “Glasgow’s reputation as one of the world’s leading sporting cities is growing all the time thanks to our investment in new and improved facilities and our ongoing sporting events programme.
“The improvements at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre will create a facility that will host world-class competitions, such as the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, as well as being open for local community use.”
David Sparkes, Chief Executive for British Swimming, said: “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. 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.”