FINA Communications Department

After witnessing the successful performances of the best swimmers of the planet, Windsor, Canada’s southernmost city, is still enjoying the positive impact of the organisation of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), staged from December 6-11, 2016. The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance recently announced that Windsor is finalist in two categories for its 2017 Prestige Awards, specifically the “International Sport Event of the Year” and “Sustainable Sport Event of the Year”.

Almost 900 athletes from over 150 nations were in Canada to compete in this FINA major event, which were highlighted by two World and five championships’ records. Team USA was the best national squad of the event, while individually, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and Chad Le Clos (RSA) were the best in Windsor. The competition was held in the WFCU venue, normally used by the local ice hockey team – a provisional pool was installed in the venue, thus creating the perfect atmosphere for all participants in the event.

Windsor is part of a list including 24 finalists for the Canadian Sport Tourism Awards, whose winners will be unveiled at a prestigious ceremony to be held in Ottawa on March 21.

Rick Traer, CEO of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, considered: “Each one of these finalists has contributed to the over $6 billion sport tourism industry in Canada”. Mr Traer then concluded: “Through the Prestige Award programme, we are proud to honour the people, the events, the sponsors and the communities who have helped make Canada a world leader in the sport tourism industry”.