For the first time in its history, the European Masters Championships will welcome the continent’s top Masters athletes in all five disciplines. More than 5,000 participants will compete in four cities in the next two weeks.
The story began 31 years ago when Blackpool (GBR) hosted the first edition of the European Masters Championships in aquatics. Until 2013 every odd year welcomed the Masters’ community members in different cities, including Kranj in 2007.
After a little more than a decade – and a switch in the calendar which pushed the event to even years – Slovenia welcomes back the Masters, this time facing with a huge task as the organizers offered to stage the competitions of all five disciplines. Usually, the water polo meet was a stand-alone event, but now all aquatics-loving Masters athletes are heading to Slovenia to compete for the medals in the different age categories.
According to the entries, more than 5,000 participants are to show their very best – 2,787 in swimming, 225 in artistic swimming, 79 in diving, 882 in water polo and 1104 in the open water swimming.
The water polo event will take place in Kranj, and it will last six days.