Canada Artistic Swimming (CAS) is pleased to announce that Markham, ON, will be the host city for its 2023 National Qualifier. Markham was originally scheduled to host the event in March 2020, but it was cancelled at the last minute because of the COVID pandemic.
The 2023 edition will be held at the Markham Pan Am Centre, on March 21-25, 2023. Hosted in partnership with Ontario Artistic Swimming and a local club, the event is scheduled to welcome over 450 athletes in the youth (13-15), junior and senior age groups from across Canada who will be competing for spots in the Canadian Championships to be held later in May.
In addition, CAS is very proud to announce that it has partnered with the Canadian University Artistic Swimming League (CUASL) and will be hosting the CUASL Canadian Championships at the same venue on March March 24-26. An additional 150 athletes are expected to attend this event to compete in the experienced and novice cetgories.
“This season, the Canadian University Artistic Swimming League is excited to be partnering with Canada Artistic Swimming for its National Championship meet,” stated Isabelle MacLean, CUASL Coordinator. This partnership represents a continued alignment with Canada Artistic Swimming, allowing the Canadian University Artistic Swimming League to continue to support Sport-for-life initiatives with additional resources. In particular, the support of Canada Artistic Swimming has been an invaluable asset to our safe return to in-person national-level competitions.”
This will mark the first time that Canada Artistic Swimming stages an event at this venue, 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. Centrally located in downtown Markham, the venue is easily accessible by car, train or bus and boasts an experienced hosting staff.
“The City of Markham and The Markham Pan Am Centre are honoured to host the 2023 Artistic Swimming National Qualifier,” stated Mayor Frank Scarpitti. Markham is proud of its rich sporting heritage and values a strong sporting culture supporting the development of high performance athletes in their quest for excellence. Our Events Team at the Markham Pan Am Centre is ready to welcome these exceptional athletes, coaches and officials as they travel from across Canada in March 2023 preparing to qualify for the National Championships.
More information is available on the event page.