The Central Florida YMCA is partnering with the Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) and U.S. Masters Swimming to host the 2018 Pan American Masters Championship.
The event will be held July 25 through Aug. 12 at the venerated YMCA Aquatic Center on Orlando's International Drive. USMS, the national governing body for adult swimming, bid for and was awarded the championship by UANA, an organization that oversees amateur aquatic sports competition in the Western Hemisphere.
This will be the second time the USA has hosted the biennial event.
The championship is expected to attract about 2,500 athletes from the Americas. Events will include diving, swimming, water polo, open water swimming and synchronized swimming.
“It is an honor for the Central Florida YMCA to host The UANA Pan American Masters Championships,” said CFYMCA Vice President Rowdy Gaines in a press release. “We recognize the prestige of hosting this international event, and our Masters teams, corporate partners, and our incredible volunteers are so excited to welcome the world of Masters Aquatics to Orlando, Florida. ... The Masters family is very special to me and I can’t wait to swim the 50 meter freestyle and relays with my own teammates!”
Added Mel Goldstein, chairman of the UANA Masters Committee: "The popularity of Orlando will make this the largest Masters event, other than a World Championship, ever held in North America."
2018 Pan American Masters Championships Schedule