July 25, 2011

Montréal 2005 • the 11th FINA World Aquatics Championships

The 2005 World Aquatics Championships
or the XI FINA World Championships
were held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from July 16 to July 31, 2005.
They took place in Parc Jean-Drapeau on Saint Helen's Island.

The FINA, otherwise known as Federation Internationale de Nation, sporting competition occurs each summer, and is the highlight to all of the competing athletes and spectators alike. In July of 2005, Montreal, Canada hosted the FINA games where more than 2000 athletes from over 160 countries came together to compete in various water sports. Competitions included water polo, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, and pool swimming. To commemorate the event, Canada issued the 11th FINA World Watersports sheetlet which featured postage stamps that showcased the sport of springboard diving.

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia that shows just how powerful the governing body of FINA is in the aquatic sports world. In a somewhat shocking turn of events, the FINA Congress voted this summer to amend the requirements for allowable swimsuits for both men and women’s competitions. From this point forward, all men competitors will only be allowed to wear waist to knee swimsuits (Jammers) and the women swimsuits will be only be allowed below the neck to above the knee. This is a huge change from what we have seen in the past and it will be interesting to see if it affects the competitor’s ability to win gold medals in the future. Additionally, those who have set records using the previously used “super swimsuits” will now be officially noted in the record books forever, by having their names “asterisked” stating that they used that type of swimsuit.

11th FINA World Watersports Championships Sheetlet http://t.co/k6NAHsd

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