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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Eilat World Championships, Early Showcase Of Tokyo 2020

Courtesy of WOWSA, Eilat, Red Sea, Israel.

FINA will broadcast the 2018 FINA Open Water World Junior Swimming Championships that begins tomorrow in Eilat, Israel where over 200 athletes between 14 and 19 years old from 38 countries representing all five continents will race in the Red Sea beginning Thursday.

The September 6th - 8th will be live streamed on FINAtv with a special interactive map, underwater cameras, and drone footage at the following times (GMT+3):

Thursday September 6th
08:00 - 5 km boys ages 14-15
08:10 - 5 km girls ages 14-15
10:00 - 7.5 km boys ages 16-17
10:10 - 7.5 km girls ages 16-17
12:00 Award Ceremonies

Friday September 7th
08:00 - 10 km boys ages 18-19
08:10 - 10 km girls ages 18-19
11:00 Award Ceremonies

Saturday September 8th
08:00 - Relay event ages 14-16
10:00 - Open Relay Event
11:30 Award Ceremonies

Teams from around the world are participating. The 12-member Canadian team is an example of a confident bunch of teenagers excited about competing in one of the biggest competitions of their young careers.

"The preparation with our camp in Spain and our staging in Cyprus have gone really well," said Michael McGillivray who will race in the boy’s 16-17 age group 7.5 km event. "We’ve been able to get accustomed to the climate and time zone, work as a team. We are excited to race and do really well for Canada."

The other members of Canada’s include Raben Dommann, Alexander Axon, Ian Friesen, Nathan Beaudin-Bolduc, Alexander Katelnikoff, The women’s team members are: Emma O’Croinin, Kenna Smallegange, Ava Free, Octavia Lau, Rosalie Davidson, and Kate Sanderson.

"We’ve been testing out different strategies and we have our plans A, B and C depending what the conditions are either from the elements or other competitors," said Dommann. "These are 12 of the most talented swimmers in Canada and we’re ready to do really well."

McGillivray, Katelnikoff, Lau and O’Croinin raced at recent the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji. O'Croinin earned the bronze in the 1500m freestyle. 18-year-old Sanderson competed at the senior Pan Pacific Championships last month in Tokyo.

"The Pan Pacs were a great experience and I hope to capitalize on that for this competition," said Sanderson. "To be in that environment with the best swimmers in the world I was able to watch all the little details that can make a difference especially in their preparations."

Mark Perry, Swimming Canada’s distance and open water coach, is happy with the team's focus and dedication. "The team has prepared meticulously and have been a pleasure to work with. They are a great bunch of athletes with an amazing team spirit and we are looking forward to showing the rest of the world what we can do."

Noam Zwi [shown above], the Organising Committee Chairman, addressed the athletes, coaches, trainers and FINA officials, “It is an honour and my great pleasure to welcome you all here in Eilat. This is our first ever FINA event and we are very happy that FINA chose us to host such an important event. I would like to thank President Maglione and the TOWSC Chairman Ronnie Wong and all the Committee members who are greatly contributing to the success of this Junior World Championships with their expertise and knowledge of the discipline.

I also would like to thank the Mayor of Eilat Meir Yitzhak Halevi for all his efforts in making Eilat the sport capital city of Israel. Finally without the help of the Israel Swimming Federation and the Israeli Ministry of Sport and Culture, this event would not have been possible and we would not be here today.

Our Championships start tomorrow and we will treat it with the upmost importance as the Olympic Games. Here we are testing new ideas in terms of TV coverage, live streaming and new graphic ideas so when you see these innovations implemented in Tokyo 2020, remember you first saw it in Eilat

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