Markham, Ontario, will once again play host to the World Aquatics Artistic Swimming World Cup, welcoming the world’s best to Canada on May 31 – June 2, 2024.
After a successful 2023 edition that saw 25 federations travel to Markham to be a part of the very first international event to use the new artistic swimming judging system, Canada is looking forward to further establish its reputation as a world-class competition host.
The only nation that has hosted an edition of the World Series/World Cup every year since its inception in 2017, Canada will present the third event in the 4-stop World Cup series, and the last one before the season-ending Super Final. The 2024 competition schedule, released earlier this month, will also feature stops in Beijing (April) and Paris (May), before concluding with its Super Final in Budapest.
As the third stop in the series, the event will be the last chance for countries to earn all-important points to qualify for the Super Final. It will also be one of the last occasions to fine-tune their programs before the 2024 Paris Olympics Games, to be held later in the summer.
Team Canada, who just won a bronze medal at the 2023 Santiago Pan Am Games, will be on hand with a full squad to take part in its home World Cup event that will serve as great preparation for the Paris Olympics for which it aims to qualify at the World Championships next February.
Team member Audrey Lamothe, a two-time bronze medalist at the 2023 World Cup held in Canada, enthusiastically shared: “Standing on the podium at home, hearing the crowd support, it’s a feeling like no other. We had a fantastic welcome in Markham last year, and I’m excited for the city and the country as the 2024 World Cup returns to Canada. I can’t wait!”
The 2024 Markham World Cup will be held with the support of the Government of Ontario, the Government of Canada as well as the City of Markham.
“Our government is proud to support the 2024 World Aquatics Artistic Swimming World Cup through the Ontario Sport Hosting Program. This three-day event is providing opportunities for our high-performance athletes to exhibit their elite skills and abilities in the pool while boosting the local economy of Markham as well as the surrounding area. I am confident that these athletes will set an example that inspires generations of swimmers to pursue athletic excellence.” The Honourable Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
“When I see Markham mentioned in the same sentence as Paris, Budapest & Beijing I know we have a world-class Pan Am Centre & world-class staff!’ stated Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “ Welcome back Canada Artistic Swimming and World Aquatics!”
The event will be held at the Markham Pan Am Centre, which was built in 2015 for the Toronto Pan Am Games where it hosted the badminton, table tennis and water polo events. A world-class sport complex ideal for hosting large sporting events, the Markham Pan Am Centre features a 10-lane 50-metre pool, with capacity for 2000 spectators, that is ideal for artistic swimming.
Tickets will be available online and at the door.