Saskatoon, SK –Saskatoon Sports Tourism and the Saskatoon Diving Club are finalizing preparations for the 2012 Junior National Diving Championship, being hosted at the Shaw Centre from July 18 to 22.
Twelve divers from the local club have qualified to compete in the championship - the largest contingent from Saskatoon to go to nationals.
“We're thrilled to have Saskatoon - our home city - hosting the best junior divers in the country. This will be an exciting event to watch, even if you are not particularly drawn to this sport,” said Steve Carroll, Head Coach of the Saskatoon Diving Club.
“To have our largest number of athletes competing the year that we are hosting is very special. Local divers don't receive any special treatment when hosting championships; every athlete has to go through the same difficult route to qualify," he added. "The true benefit of competing at home is the support from family and friends. We will aim to make Saskatoon proud of our team.”
Last year, the Saskatoon Diving Club finished eighth out of 30 teams at nationals. The 2012 Junior National Championship will feature approximately 200 divers from across the country. This event serves as trials for the Junior World Championship this September in Adelaide, Australia. This is the second national diving competition to be held at the Shaw Centre since it opened in 2009. The Dive Canada Summer Senior National Championship was hosted in the facility in 2010.
Tickets are $15 for an event pass, $5 for a day pass, and children 10 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For schedule information, visit www.saskatoondivingclub.ca.
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For more information, contact:
Saskatoon Diving Club President
Direct: (306) 955-5399
Direct: (306) 716-4000
About Saskatoon Sports Tourism
Saskatoon Sports Tourism was created to guide the attraction, retention and creation of sports tourism activities in Saskatoon. Saskatoon Sports Tourism assists event organizers to locate local suppliers, sports venues, and hotel accommodations and helps increase local awareness and attendance at events. For more information, visit www.saskatoonsportstourism.com.
About The Saskatoon Diving Club
The Saskatoon Diving Club has been introducing Saskatoon area residents to the sport of diving for over 25 years. Recreational and Competitive classes are available for children as young as 5 years old. For more information, visit www.saskatoondivingclub.ca.