By Estela Reyes

The first ever Fédération international de natation (FINA) World Short Course Swimming Championship is scheduled to take place in Canada at the Windsor Family Credit Union Centre (WFCU), an arena among the best in its class in North America.  Windsor will welcome up to 1,000 of the world’s best swimmers from over 176 countries, including the stars of the Summer Olympics in Rio. This event is expected to draw more than 35,000 spectators as swimmers come together to compete for 46 gold medals over 6 days of competition that are scheduled.

 Canada has 13 swimmers competing at the 11th FINA World Swimming Championship.  The event will be for events such as: swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo. This event was first held in 1973 and is now held every two years. The United States is ranked first place with 540 medals, China comes in second with 266, and Russia comes in third with 257.

 “I enjoy swim because when I’m in the water I feel unstoppable” –Samantha Pastor, 9th grade
“I enjoy swim because when I’m in the water I feel unstoppable” –Samantha Pastor, 9th grade
 “I enjoy it so much because swim is a sportwhere you can only rely on yourself and you     don’t breathe, it is the ultimate challenge of    endurance and strength and it always gives back to me” –Isabel Villanueva,12th grade
“I enjoy it so much because swim is a sportwhere you can only rely on yourself and you     don’t breathe, it is the ultimate challenge of    endurance and strength and it always gives back to me” –Isabel Villanueva,12th grade
 “Knowing how to swim opens the door to other water activities like surfing, diving, and water polo” –Leslie Mercado, 12th grade
“Knowing how to swim opens the door to other water activities like surfing, diving, and water polo” –Leslie Mercado, 12th grade