The Swedish Swimming Federation has announced a new international Masters swimming competition that it will launch in 2022 with an eye on offering prize money as soon as 2024.
The first edition of the meet, which will be called “Stockholm Golden,” is planned for October 27-29, 2022, and the federation is hoping to attract athletes from 10 different countries in year 1.
“After five years of developing Swim Open Stockholm as an international competition at the forefront of development, Svensk Simidrott today has a strong brand as a competition organizer,” project manager Dennis Fredriksson said of the new event. “Our goal is to establish Stockholm Golden with a professional organization like Swim Open Stockholm and be able to offer an experience better and more attractive than any other Masters competition in the world.
“We have high ambitions with the competition and the goal is to reach 800 participants from 10 countries by 2022 and already in 2024 the goal is to have over 2000 participants from 20-30 nations in place.”
The meet will start in the 25-meter pool in Eriksdalsbadet, which is on the Sodermalm island in central Stockholm.
“The idea of an annual global championship for short-distance master swimmers is as simple as it is ingenious,” says communications manager Anna Hammar. “There is a growing group of people who want more competitive master events, and today there is no international competition with a good standard in short course.”
FINA hosts a Masters World Championships in long course meters.
While the initial event is being planned for October, where the highs in Stockholm are about 50 degrees, future events will be in August, where the average high is about 71 degrees.