Published On: Wed, May 20th, 2015

Diving World Series Coming to Merida!

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MÉRIDA, YUCATÁN – The 2015 Diving World Series started in March in Beijing, China, and following stops in Dubai, Russia, England and Canada, will reach its finale in Mérida on May 29, 30, and 31.

The FINA Diving World Series is a high-profile competition which offers an annual meeting opportunity for the world’s brightest diving stars. This prestigious and exclusive event invites internationally-recognized divers, mostly medalists from previous Olympics, World Championships and World Cups.

From March to May, around 70 divers exhibit their prowess in a six-leg competition format which features ten events: women’s and men’s 3m springboard, 10m platform, 3m springboard synchro and 10m platform synchro. The 2015 edition features for the first time 2 mixed events, 3m and 10m synchro. Total prize money of US$ 1,590,000 is distributed in the Series.

(Photo: FINA)

(Photo: FINA)

Launched in 2007 by diving powerhouses Great Britain, China and Mexico, other countries have since joined the “club” as host organizers: Canada, Qatar, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, boosting the sport’s exposure on the international scene.

The event in Mérida features some big names in the diving world, the most famous of whom is probably Britain’s Tom Daley, bronze medal winner at the 2012 Olympics in London, who took the gold in the men’s 10m platform in the London event during the current tour. Mexican stars Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez will be providing tough competition and hoping for a win on their home soil.

Tom Daley  (Photo: Getty Images)

Tom Daley (Photo: Getty Images)

The venue will be the Diving Pool, Kukulcan, Sport and Recreation Complex, Calle 6 X Circuito Colonias no. 315, Unidad Morelos, Mérida. Tel: 940 03 06 & 940 06 76. Tickets (which according to the venue are free of charge) can be obtained daily on request between 8:00 am and 7:30 pm.

The full program of events for the competition can be seen online here: http://www.fina.org/H2O/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4182&Itemid=1336

 

By Stewart Mandy

 

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Born in Europe, raised in the Middle East, and a long-time resident in the Americas, Stewart has been based in Mérida, Yucatan since 2010, and has lived and worked worldwide in the media, travel, tourism and transportation industries for well over 20 years.

His local contacts and global knowledge provide him with unmatched access to the stories ‘behind the stories’ and he likes to take you to the places that others don’t or won’t go.

From the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego, from Moscow to Melbourne, from Bergen to Buenos Aires, Stewart has been there. Chances are, wherever you are heading, he knows the score.

In addition to The Yucatan Times, Stewart contributes (or has contributed) to “The Examiner” (www.examiner.com), “Business Briefings”, “Cruise & Ferry Magazine” and “The Apollo Magazine”. He is a former editor of “rolling pin CRUISE” magazine.

 

He can be contacted by email at stewart@theyucatantimes.com or smandy@gmail.com. You can join him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meridawriter, follow him on Twitter @stewartmandy or visit his website at www.stewartmandy.com or his blog at http://tolocsandaluxes.blogspot.mx/

 

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