“Donbass Open Swimming Championships in “Masters” category”, which already have become our tradition, take place in Donetsk City from the 6th till the 9th of May for many years in succession. Legendary swimmers of different age groups from different countries who made and continue to make the history of swimming participate in this event.
These competitions transformed into sports holiday, the purpose of which – to popularize swimming in Ukraine and far beyond its borders, to involve former sportsmen and swimming lovers into the sport life, to promote healthy way of life, to identify the best swimmers among the veterans.
The tournament has not only the social importance but also its own history. The first competitions took place in 2003 and this event had made such a serious impression that tournament organization turned into a tradition respected by participants and fans. The very first Championship gathered 86 people but statistics shows the steady increase in quantity of swimmers who decide to try out water of Donetsk swimming pools. More than 350 people took part in the tournament in 2010, the participants came not only from Ukraine and CIS countries but also from countries of EU and the fact gives evidence of permanent increase of Championships’ popularity. The level of the results which has been demonstrated in the tournament is that high that a couple of Europe records were documented in Donetsk.
We are proud of the fact that every participant of the “Masters” movement by his/her own example makes a contribution into development of physical culture and sport, into revival of Ukrainian sport glory and our great Slavic potential.
I am sure that Donetsk waters will be fast and easy for every participant of the Championships. And the spirit of the Competitions, desire to win and to fight in a straight-out way will be transmitted to numerous sport fans and spectators.