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S'pore to host World Para Swimming Championships in 2025

The year 2025 is set to be an action-packed one for Singapore aquatics, after World Para Swimming (WPS) and the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) announced on Feb 5 that the World Para Swimming Championships will be held here.

The event, at the OCBC Aquatic Centre from Oct 3 to 9, will involve over 600 swimmers from about 60 countries and will join the World Aquatics Championships on the local sporting calendar for 2025.

Announced in February 2023, the latter will feature able-bodied athletes in swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, artistic swimming and water polo.

SDSC president Teo-Koh Sock Miang said: “We envision this landmark event propelling Singapore onto the global stage as a country that commits to empower individuals of all abilities.

“There remains many Singaporeans with disabilities who can find inspiration, success and achievement in para swimming and para sport. We’d like everyone to be able to gain inspiration and confidence from the exceptional swimmers they will witness at this event.”

Singapore previously hosted the Citi Para Swimming World Series in 2019 and 2023, and this will be the first time that the championships are held in Asia.

The last three editions were in Europe, with the 2023 event in Manchester featuring over 600 swimmers from about 70 nations.

WPS head Craig Nicholson said that Singapore’s hosting of the event “is a major milestone for our sport and is also evidence of the growth of para swimming in the country and the region”.

“We look forward to working together with the SDSC and their partners to welcome the world’s best Para swimmers to the OCBC Aquatic Centre in 2025,” he added.

Singapore’s five-gold Paralympic swimmer Yip Pin Xiu said at the announcement event at the Singapore Sports Hub: “To know that it would happen at a world-class pool, with the top para swimmers in the world competing right here on our little island, feels truly surreal.

“It not only shows that Singapore has taken concrete strides towards promoting inclusivity over the years but has received the confidence to play a leading role in the global landscape.

“I hope more Singaporeans and organisations will take up the opportunity to watch the para swimmers at the World Championships and find ways to be a part of this.”

SDSC also announced a new para learn-to-swim initiative, SwimTogether, as part of the championship programme with WPS. It aims to equip more local swim coaches with the skills to work with individuals with disabilities. Workshops will commence in May 2024.