Swimming in Seychelles at the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships 2022

Swimming in Seychelles at the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships 2022

The inaugural World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships took place in 2012 as part of the Niagara Open Water Festival at the Welland International Flatwater Centre, located in the heart of the Niagara Region in Canada. 130 swimmers from 31 countries competed in the two age groups: 14-16 year olds and 17-18 year olds in a 5 km, 7.5 km and 3 km team events.

The second FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships were cancelled in Israel in 2014 and moved to Balatonfured and Lake Balaton in Hungary. Hoorn in the Netherlands hosted the 2016 championships after being moved from Mexico. Races included 5 km, 7.5 km and 10 km distances. The world’s fastest junior open water swimmers gathered in Eilat, Israel in 2018. The 2020 event was set to take place in Seychelles, France in the south Pacific, but the event was postponed due to the global pandemic. 

Beau Vallon, Seychelles will host the upcoming world junior championships between September 1st-4th 2022 – a frequent precursor to future Olympians and world champions. Ever since the first championships in Canada, junior swimmers have developed into podium finishers at future FINA World Championships (e.g., Axel Reymond, David Heron), FINA Marathon Swim World Series (e.g., Oceane Cassignol, Jade Dusablon), and the Olympic Games (e.g., Kristóf Rasovszky, Michele Weber, Rob Muffels, Jordan Wilimovsky, Finnia Wunram, Angelica Andre, Anastasiia Krapivina, David Aubry).

The race courses for swimmers born between 2003 and 2008 will be the same as the ocean bay course used at the 2018 and 2019 FINA Marathon Swim World Series event on the northwestern coast of Mahe in Seychelles. The expected water temperature will be 28-30°C. 

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Steven Munatones