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Saturday April 18th, 2015

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Tickets for the event are photographed at a media launch event

Windsor’s Aquatic Centre was the most favoured stop in the world by athletes in the diving world series when it came here last year, according to feedback received by Diving Canada, the national sport governing body for diving in Canada.

“We were a little bit worried at first,” said Diving Canada’s Mitch Geller. “We had the world series in Beijing, China, then it goes to Dubai, then it goes to Moscow, then it goes to London, England, and then we come here to Windsor. And we were wondering, ‘how are people going to react to that?'”

“As it turns out, all of the feedback that we’ve gotten says that this was the best stop on the entire circuit of the world series last year,” he said.

Mayor Drew Dilkens called that feedback extremely positive for Windsor but said he wasn’t surprised that Windsor was able to impress.

“When we started the design for this facility, we brought in Dive Canada, Aquatics Canada, Swim Canada, Water Polo Canada, Synchro Swim Canada — we brought all of the players into the City of Windsor, we paid for them to come here and we said ‘We want to build a world-class facility. Help us do it.'”

The Diving World Series returns to Windsor next month and is ready to impress again, according to organizers.

“There’s so much energy that comes with competing in Canada and the crowd was amazing last year in Windsor,” said medalist diver Vincent Riendeau.

Windsor will be able to cheer on Canadian athletes, and athletes from around the world from May 22nd to 24th at the Aquatic Centre. Tickets are priced between $10 and $25 and are available at the Aquatic Centre or online at diving.ca.

Mayor Drew Dilkens speaks recently about FINA

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