SINGAPORE - Singapore swimming fans are set for world-class action right at their doorstep when the Fina World Junior Swimming Championships start on Tuesday.
The meet, entering its fifth edition, will feature some of the world's best youth swimmers crossing swords at the OCBC Aquatic Centre till Sunday.
Among the big talents competing are: Russia's Arina Openysheva, who won seven gold medals at the European Games in June, Australia's Kyle Chalmers, silver medallist at the senior world championships earlier this month, and United States' 16-year-old prodigy Michael Andrew, tipped by some as the best swimmer of his generation.
Singapore, who is hosting the meet for the first time, will be fielding a 22-strong contingent. Said Singapore Swimming Association president Lee Kok Choy: "We believe the influence on the whole junior swimming community in Singapore will be very positive.
"(Even those) who are not competing in this event, they can see for themselves the kind of capabilities of swimmers of their own age. It can change whole mindset of what is possible for themselves.
"Our expectation of them is that they do their personal bests. Preparations are coming along well; psychologically and physically they are ready for the event."
Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling, the meet's local ambassador, is in town to hold meet-and-greet sessions with fans at the event. Said Schooling: "I had the privilege of swimming and competing in the Fina World Junior Championships in 2011 and it was an incredible experience. I swam with the world's best and it was a thrilling swim meet for swimmers and spectators alike. I hope everyone in Singapore will be able to experience that for themselves at the OCBC Aquatic Centre."
Tickets to the swim meet can be bought at www.sportshubtix.sg.