New events for open water swimmers

The first FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships will be held in Canada in 2012.
The August event will be held in the Welland Recreational Canal in Ontario.

Swimming Canada’s CEO Pierre Lafontaine described the Welland Canal as perfect for open water racing, “The water conditions are stable and the spectators are able to follow the race at arms length of the field of play.
It will make for a great festival of swimming.”
The ages of the participants is determined by their age as of December 31st 2012. The events will be divided into the following age groups:
• 14-16 years Boys and Girls
• 17-18 years Boys and Girls

The individual events will include the following:
• 14-16 years 5 K Boys and Girls
• 17-18 years 7.5 K Boys and Girls
The mixed-gender 3 K team event will comprise of 3 swimmers (either 2 boys and 1 girl or 2 girls and 1 boy) in two age categories:
• 14-16 years
• 17-18 years
Source: Daily news of open water swimming

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