Soon is coming a grand opening of the Palanga swimming pool and it is going to be
commemorated with a big international swimming competition scheduled for March
28-29. Two events are scheduled to take place in this swimming pool: 25th annual V
and V Katkevicius “Supermasters” and the second annual Euroasia Cup Tournament.
“Before the registration for these two events is over, we can already tell that the
championships are going to be quite busy and prestigious events. We are also glad
because the number of participants is record breaking” – said the president of Kaunas
Swimming Federation Arlandas Antanas Juodeska. It is becoming clear that more than
200 swimmers are arriving to Palanga from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarusia,
Norway, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic and even far flung China. A Russian
native Vladimir Predkin, who is a silver medal winner during the 1996 Olympics in
Atlanta, is coming. Mr. Predkin is also a three-time European champion as well two
times silver medal winner in the World Championships. There is no lack of famous
Lithuanian swimmers amongst those who register to swim to these two events. We
have Edgaras Stura coming who is the only Lithuanian veteran champion in the World
as well as Edwin Dautartas who is also one of the best former Lithuanian swimmers.
Eurasia Amateur championship is taking place in the 25 meter swimming pool.
Disabled are also invited to participate in the Supertasters and Eurasia championship.
Edgaras Matakas, a winner of the Paralympics is going to make an appearance in
Palanga. In total, we are awaiting 15-18 swimmers who lives with the vision and
movement impairment. This championship is special in that the physically impaired
athletes are going to be swimming side by side with the rest of the swimmers. All
swimmers are going to be put in groups based on their time in a prequalifying swim.
This practice has been tested first time in Fabijoniskes Swimming Pool in Vilnius last
year and proven that integration of physically impaired swimmers is possible, and in
the end all swimmers were friendly and supportive to each other. “Viewers of these
competition will be able to draw motivation and even themselves become stronger
willed persons just from observing the highly determined physically impaired
swimmers swimming side by side with world champions” highlighted A. A. Juodeska.
At the moment the oldest participant at 95 years old is Zigmas Polinauskas, and we
also are expecting a surprise appearance of well-recognized swimming trainer L.
Katkeviciene, who turned 95 January 2020. This means that age range of participants
is quite impressive: from 16 to 95 years old. Both V and V. Katkevcius and Eurasia
Championship winners and runner ups will be awarded with medals especially
designed for these events. Organizers are expecting support from the Sport
Foundation under Lithuanian Department of Education, Sciences and Sport. Sport
Foundation was created to promote and support swimming as a strategic type of sport
among all groups and ages of Lithuanian citizens.
2019 M. SPORTO RĖMIMO FONDO PROJEKTŲ ATRANKOS KONKURSAS
Sporto renginių organizavimas KMM 2019/21