Her Majesty’s Consul General Edward Hobart paid a visit on Wednesday August 28th, 2013 to the GB Team participating in the fourth series of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships currently taking place in the iconic Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai.
Mr. Hobart extended his warm wishes to the team of male and female swimmers and staff. He also conveyed his congratulations to the silver and bronze medallists and to the rest of the swimmers who continue to achieve impressive positions across the various swimming races. Team GB has won 2 silver and 2 bronze medals so far.
During the visit, Her Majesty’s Consul General said:
“It gives me a great sense of pride to see young British swimmers compete and win in this challenging series of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. They are fantastic representatives of our country, demonstrating great dedication and impressive achievements. It is important that British athletes keep the momentum of the London 2012 Olympics going as they participate in such high profile games. Bringing the World’s best junior athletes together for the Championships is testimony to Dubai’s undoubted capability as a host of top class events.”
The FINA World Junior Swimming Championships were launched in 2006, with the first edition in Rio de Janeiro (BRA). Monterrey, in Mexico, staged the second edition in 2008, while the Peruvian capital Lima was the host of the 2011 rendezvous. Around 900 young athletes aged 15-18 (for men) and 14-17 (for women) representing over 91 National Federations are taking part in this series in Dubai setting a new record of participation since the launch of the championships.