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Three hundred athletes from 10 countries will compete in the inaugural Southeast Asia (SEA) Swimming Championships 2012, to be held from 28 May to 17 June 2012, in Singapore.

Created by the South East Asian Swimming Federation and organised by the Singapore Swimming Association, the biennial event is the first international aquatics event held in Singapore that includes four of the five aquatic disciplines under Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA).

Mr Jeffrey Leow, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the SEA Swimming Championships 2012 said, “Swimming is a key sport in this part of the world and in fact, one of the most watched events at the Southeast Asian Games. However, other than the Southeast Asian Games, there aren’t any other opportunities at the same level for the swimmers to compete against one another. We also want to make use of this competition to ensure that the other aquatics disciplines get the attention they deserve as well.”

“Regular competition at a high level is essential for athletes to improve on their performance and to get to the next level. We hope that this competition will kick start more cooperation and competition opportunities between the Southeast Asian countries,” added Mr Leow. 

The Toa Payoh Swimming Complex will stage the Diving (8 - 10 June), Synchronised Swimming (14 - 17 June) and Water Polo (28 May - 1 June) competition, while the Singapore Sports School will host Swimming (13 - 17 June).

Fans can expect to see the region’s best swimmers compete as the FINA-sanctioned event will be the last qualifying chance in SEA for the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games.

Apart from Olympic qualification, the event will also be a platform for younger athletes to make their mark in the region.

Loh Zhi Zhi, 22, Singapore men’s water polo team captain said, “The team is looking forward to the SEA Swimming Championships as this would be our maiden outing in a regional competition. There are no other competitions in the region which features an under-23 category, hence this would be a great platform to develop younger players for major competitions such as the SEA Games.”

Supporters will be pleased to know that the SEA Swimming Championships will be broadcast on television and major online video streaming channels.

Live coverage of the swimming competition finals will begin on June 13th on leading video streaming websites UStream (www.ustream.tv/SEASwim) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/SEASwim), as well as on StarHub TV,

Highlights clips of the water polo, synchronized swimming, diving and swimming competitions will be available on UStream and YouTube from May 28th.  Fans can also get up-to-the-minute news and updates on social media portals Facebook (www.facebook.com/SEASwim) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/SEA_Swim).

Those who want to get closer to the action can purchase tickets by contacting Ms Afena at 6258 1011 (Extension 024) or email her at [email protected]. Tickets for all events are on sale at $5.00 each.

For more information on the event, please visit www.seaswim.org