Ron Jacks, 3-time Olympian and coach of 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Richard Weinberger (shown on left), and Swimming Canada CEO Pierre Lafontaine, opened up the 2012 FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships today with a 3-hour coaching seminar.

The races begin tomorrow and extend through August 19th in Welland, Canada.

The newest international competition hosted by FINA gives young open water swimming stars from dozens of countries an opportunity to compete and shine at the highest level.

Lafontaine and his Canadian co-hosts are ready to roll-out the red carpet for the emerging stars of the open water world. The international competition is part of the Niagara Open Water Festival and includes a Youth Division (14-16 years) and a Junior Division (17-18 years) in 3 different events: 2 solo races and 1 relay.

In the Youth Division, the athletes compete over a 5 km course; in the Junior Division, they compete over a 7.5 km course. The mixed-gender Team Event is a 3-person 3 km relay comprises of either 2 boys and 1 girl or 2 girls and 1 boy.

The Team Event has 2 categories: 14-16 years in the Youth Division and 17-18 years in the Junior Division. For the Team Event, swimmers can “swim up”; that is, a maximum of 2 swimmers from the 14-16 age category can swim in the 17-18 age group category with 1 team per Federation.

A maximum of two athletes per Federation are allowed per event in the individual events and a maximum of 1 team per Federation is allowed per age group in the Team Event. The Welland Masters Swim Team and Brock Niagara Aquatics will also conduct the Niagara Open Water Festival on the last day where several events from 1 km to 10 km will be held for all athletes on the same championship course.

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