Wednesday, June 29, 2016

National Championships Provide Final Preparation for a summer of National and International Competition

#SNSC16 boasts a line-up that includes athletes already selected for Rio and others still looking to secure their place on their respective teams.

With only 38 days until the first swimmers compete at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio, Tollcross International Swimming Centre will play host to the Scottish National Open Swimming Championships from 30 June to 3 July 2016, an event that boasts of a line-up that includes athletes already selected for Rio and others still looking to secure their place on their respective teams.

The event has come at the perfect time for the GBR squad to fine tune their preparations prior to Rio and athletes confirmed to race include Commonwealth and European Champion Ross Murdoch, European Silver Medallist Hannah Miley, World Relay Champions Robbie Renwick and Duncan Scott, IPC European Champions Andy Mullen and Scott Quin, alongside a wealth of junior and senior international swimming talent.

The meet has received FINA accreditation providing a number of international athletes with the opportunity of securing qualification times for Rio, ensuring hard racing and a fantastic atmosphere.

With such a great line-up Scottish Swimming, in partnership with Glasgow-based QTV Sports, are delighted to confirm that they will once again be broadcasting quality race footage from all finals via a free-to-air livestream from the Championships.  The stream can be found online at www.scottishswimming.com/live

Highlights of key races will also be available in real-time through Scottish Swimming’s Twitter feed and Facebook page with packaged highlights released via social media at the conclusion of each day's racing.

Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Swimming said,

“This event goes from strength to strength and the calibre of athlete competing is once again impressive. There’s a real international flavour this year and we are delighted to return to Tollcross International Swimming Centre and work with our partners at Glasgow Life for this event.

“With a world class line-up, including many World and European Championships medallists, I am sure the atmosphere will be electric as our swimmers head off for a summer of International and national competition, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  On behalf of Scottish Swimming I wish all athletes competing the very best.”

The competition will run over four days, 30 June to 3 July. Tickets for children can be bought for as little as £1 and for adults advance tickets start at £3 for heats and £6 for finals and will allow individuals to fast-track into the venue. Tickets can be bought online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-national-open-swimming-championships-2016-spectator-tickets-tickets-24683572229. Tickets will also be available to buy at the door.

The event can also be followed live on Twitter @scottishswim with #SNSC16 as the hashtag, as well as on Scottish Swimming’s website, www.scottishswimming.com.  And to bring all social media coverage together in one place check out www.swimbuzz.co.uk

The draft programme for the Championships can be found here: http://swimscotland.co.uk/

Morning heats start at 8:45am, afternoon heats at 1.15pm with evening finals at 5.30pm.

Information about the venue, including directions, can be found here: Tollcross International Swimming Centre

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