Organisers of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships have unveiled a Computer Generated Image (CGI) of a spectacular temporary pool that will play host to the Synchronised Swimming competition at next year’s event.
Synchronised Swimming, which sees athletes perform a series of breathtaking, technically demanding routines choreographed to music and in elaborate costume, promises to be one of the highlights of the Glasgow 2018 sports programme. Competitors are scored based on execution, artistic impression and difficulty.
The CGI gives an outline impression of how the temporary pool at Scotstoun Sports Campus will look during next summer’s inaugural European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event that brings together the continent’s leading sports. At the heart of the event will be the LEN European Synchronised Swimming (Artistic) Championships.
The structure will be located within the main leisure centre at Scotstoun and have an estimated capacity for 750 spectators. The groundbreaking facility will be 25x20mx3m in dimension and take 330,000 gallons of water to fill ahead of Europe’s very best synchronised swimmers arriving in the city in August 2018.
Synchronised Swimming is one of four Aquatics disciplines set to take centre stage at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, alongside Swimming at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Diving at Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool and Open Water Swimming at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
Alongside the Aquatics events, Glasgow and Scotland will also play host to Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon during the first ever multi-sport European Championships. At the same time, the European Athletics Championships will take place in the German capital of Berlin, completing the sporting competition.
The Synchronised Swimming events will take place at Scotstoun between Friday 3 and Tuesday 7 August and will feature some of the sport’s most exciting male and female talents. Tickets for all sports are now on sale at www.glasgow2018.com with prices starting at just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions (excluding fees).
Glasgow 2018 Championships Director, Colin Hartley, said: “The Synchronised Swimming competition at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships will be a show stopper, with Europe’s very best synchronised swimmers going for gold in a breathtaking temporary facility at Scotstoun Sports Campus.
“Scotstoun is synonymous with major sporting events but this is the first time that it will host Synchronised Swimming. There is no doubt that the event will be one of the highlights of the sporting competition schedule and those who attend will witness an incredible showcase of athletic power and artistry.”
Synchronised Swimming first featured at the LEN (Ligue Européenne de Natation) European Aquatics Championships back in 1974 when Great Britain took gold in all three events; Solo, Duet and Team. Last year’s event in London featured nine separate Synchronised Swimming categories with Russia, Ukraine, Italy and Spain all taking medals.
Scotstoun has a proud track record of hosting major sporting events having been home to international athletics meetings, the IRB Rugby Sevens, the Sudirman Cup World Mixed Team Badminton Championships and the table tennis and squash competitions of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It is also home to the Glasgow Warriors professional rugby side.
However, the Glasgow 2018 European Championships will be the first time Scotstoun has hosted an international Synchronised Swimming competition further enhancing Glasgow’s reputation as a world leading sports city.