Tuesday 26 July

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Sheffield’s world-class aquatics venue has been chosen to host the two biggest events in the domestic swimming calendar next year.

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre’s Olympic-size 50m pool will stage the 2017 British Swimming Championships and British Para-Swimming International Meet.

Britain’s best swimmers and para-swimmers with ambitions of competing at their respective World Championships in 2017 will converge on Sheffield for ten days of competition next April.

The British Championships, taking place from 18 to 23 April, will be used as the British selection trials for the World and European Junior Championships, and the European Youth Olympic Festival.

The British Para-Swimming International Meet, from 27 to 30 April, will be the sole selection event for para-swimmers to qualify for the 2017 IPC Swimming World Championships in Mexico.

World-bronze medallist, Jazz Carlin, world champion, Fran Halsall, triple world champion, Adam Peaty, world champion, Liam Tancock and four-time Paralympic champion, Ellie Simmonds are among the swimmers who could compete in Sheffield next year.

Ponds Forge, which is celebrating its 25th birthday this year, is run by SIV – part of the not-for-profit Sheffield City Trust (SCT) whose primary objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of Sheffield people.

Dominic Stokes, general manager of SIV Events – the events arm of SIV, said: “We’re extremely proud to have been chosen to host the prestigious British Swimming Championships and British Para-Swimming International.

“It not only demonstrates the high quality facilities offered by Ponds Forge but the professionalism and capability of our team to deliver major sports events.

“The economic impact of staging these high-profile events will be significant for the city in terms of bed nights and athletes, coaches, families and spectators visiting Sheffield over the ten days of competition. We look forward to welcoming British Swimming to Ponds Forge in 2017.”

Ponds Forge’s Olympic-sized 50m competition pool area has seating for 2,600 spectators and a 25m diving pool, which is the deepest in the UK. The venue boasts a HD Swiss Timing Daktronics scoreboard and attracts around one million visitors a year.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Once again, Sheffield has been chosen to host high-profile, national sporting events because of the brilliant facilities, enthusiasm and commitment the city can offer.

“We look forward to hosting this major event in the swimming calendar and welcoming some of the biggest names in the sport to our city. It underlines our ambitions to be the most active city in the country by 2020.”

Rebecca McCreath, director of events and sponsorship for British Swimming, said: “British Swimming is delighted to be returning to Sheffield in 2017 to stage the British Swimming Championships and British Para-Swimming International Meet. These are both key events in our calendar and, thanks to the ongoing relationship between SIV and British Swimming, we look forward to holding these events at Ponds Forge in April next year.”

For more information visit https://siv.org.uk/events.