Friday, April 4, 2014 Thousands set to flock to world-class Aquatics Centre for Commonwealth Water Polo Championships Nicola Tate, the leading Scottish Scorer in the women’s team and Neal Rayner, Scottish Swimming Water Polo Development Officer and head coach for the Scottish Women team ASV OPening 2 “Scottish Swimming, as the governing body for all aquatic sports in Scotland, are looking forward to welcoming 12 Commonwealth Nations to this world-class facility in Aberdeen. We are delighted that the event has the full endorsement from the Commonwealth Games Federation and Commonwealth Games Scotland. Commonwealth Games Scotland support also includes investment towards the cost of the event.” Prior to the public opening on 5 May, Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV) is hosting the third Commonwealth Water Polo Championships at the newly completed £22million, world-class Aquatics Centre. The event is sponsored by BP and Waterfly, and supported by Aberdeen Sports Village, Aberdeen City Council, Homecoming Scotland, Commonwealth Games Scotland, Scottish Swimming and British Swimming. The competition, running from 5 – 12 April, marks the inaugural event at the first-class facility, and is predicted to draw more than 7000 visitors across the eight days. The preliminaries are free of charge but ticketed. Remaining tickets can still reserved at www.scottishswimming.eventbrite.co.uk, where the tickets for the finals on 12 April can be purchased as well for £5/£3. David Beattie, Chief Executive of ASV said: “We are thrilled the Aquatics Centre is complete and are delighted that we are able to host such a high profile competition as our first event. It will truly showcase our ability to accommodate such a prestigious occasion, and a great chance for the people of the North East to enjoy a Commonwealth Games Federation endorsed event in the heart of the city.” “ASV has worked closely with all partners during each phase of the building process and securing high calibre competitions such as these go to highlight the capabilities of the Centre. We are confident that the Centre will prove to be a fantastic facility for the people of the North East, and we look forward to attracting many more international competitions.” Forbes Dunlop, CEO of Scottish Swimming, said: “Scottish Swimming, as the governing body for all aquatic sports in Scotland, are looking forward to welcoming 8 Commonwealth Nations to this world-class facility in Aberdeen. We are delighted that the event has the full endorsement from the Commonwealth Games Federation and Commonwealth Games Scotland. Commonwealth Games Scotland support also includes investment towards the cost of the event.” As part of the Homecoming 2014 celebrations the competition will also be streamed live on 11 and 12 April at www.scottishswimming.com/live and will feature the eight challenging nations. Seven men’s and five women’s teams will compete at the new Aquatics Centre ahead of its official public opening on 5 May 2014. Mr Beattie continued: “The Aquatics Centre will officially open in a month’s time, which gives us the opportunity to go through the snagging phase, commonplace in every new development. During this period we will be working hard to ensure staff are trained to the highest standard, and carry out further test events to guarantee the Centre is 100% ready for the eager public to enjoy the impressive facilities early next month.” The Aquatics Centre will be one of only two Olympic standard facilities in Scotland, making it a real asset to the people of Aberdeen and the North East. The Championships follow the successful events held in Manchester in 2002 and Perth, Australia in 2006. Scotland, England, Wales, South Africa, Singapore, New Zealand and Malta will be represented in the men’s competition, while the women’s competition will welcome Scotland, Canada, England, Wales and South Africa. Scottish water polo player Mark Speed, part of the 13 player-strong Scottish Mens Team competing, works as an Environmental Business Analyst in Aberdeen, and is looking forward to such a high-profile event to accelerate the development of water polo in Scotland. He said: “With the Commonwealth Games only four months away, the excitement and buzz around these Championships is fantastic. Being the first to experience and compete in such a world class facility as the Aquatics Centre is a fantastic honour. It really is an Olympic standard facility, and is a great addition to the city.” Ken Fussell, Chair of Scottish Water Polo and Championship Director said: “This is a tremendous boost for the sport in Scotland, showcasing some of the world’s best water polo players. The Aquatics Centre is a fantastic centre of excellence, and will help hone the impressive local talent to reach their true potential. “All stakeholders have invested significantly in these Championships and we’re delighted with the fantastic interest from the public to be part of such an exciting event. It truly is a milestone in further establishing the sport in the Commonwealth Games programme in the future.” More information about the event can be found at www.scottishswimming.com/cwpc2014. The event can also be followed on social media with the hashtag #cwpc2014.