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14.10.2008. Give the mascot a name

At a press conference in Rijeka today it was announced that a public search for the name of the official mascot will start in two days.
You will be able to vote for one of the five names: Adriano, Mario, Splashy, Valko & Valerio.

The voting will be open on the official web site and with an SMS prize game provided by the local media partner Novi list, from October 16th to October 30th.

The name of the mascot and the winners of the prize game will be announced in Rijeka on October 31st, while the winners will receive sets of tickets for the Championships.

The Presidents of the OC Rijeka 08 Luciano Susanj was the host for the LEN site visit on October 2 & 3. LEN was represented by Secretary Sven Folvik, President of TSC Soeren Korbo, Director Laszlo Szakadati and Office Assistant Carlos Ramos.

On that occasion LEN Secretary Sven Folvik pointed out that the preparations for the 12th European Short Course Swimming Championships are on track and that he has full confidence in the Croatian Swimming Federation and OC Rijeka 08, while hoping that the citizens of Rijeka will enjoy the swimming festival in December. He also complimented Rijeka on the new swimming complex, which with small changes will be ready for the Championship.

This working visit, LEN representatives concluded with a visit to Mayor Vojkom Obersnelom and a press conference in the City Hall.
The LEN Congress, gathered in Zurich for its 2008 Elective session, has seen the participation of forty-seven countries, out of a total of fifty-one members that constitute the European Aquatic Sports Movement.

The presidential election results show former LEN Treasurer, Nory Kruchten (LUX) prevail over Vice-President Gennady Aleshin (RUS) by 49 votes to 45. The new Treasurer is Mrs Christa Thiel (GER), while Sven Folvik (NOR) has been confirmed as Secretary. Bartolo Consolo (ITA), LEN President since 1990, who decided to step down, was then acclaimed by the assembly and proclaimed Life Honorary President of LEN.

The LEN Congress has agreed to increase the number of Vice-Presidents from two to five and overall has elected the following Bureau, in office until 2013: Nory KRUCHTEN (LUX) as President, Sven FOLVIK (NOR) as Secretary, Christa THIEL (GER) as Treasurer, Gennady ALESHIN (RUS) as Vice-President, Dimitri DIATHESOPOULOS (GRE) as Vice-President, Tamas GYARFAS (HUN) as Vice-President, Francis LUYCE (FRA) as Vice-President, Erik Van HEIJNINGEN (NED) as Vice-President and Bureau Members Jerzy KOWALSKI (POL), Erich MEYER (SUI), Andriy VLASKOV (UKR), Robert EBEJER (MLT), Paolo BARELLI (ITA), David SPARKES (GBR), Ivan VARVODIC (CRO), Kurt MIKKOLA (FIN) i Juan KONINCKX BATALLER (ESP).

Last night the new Kantrida swimming pools complex was opened, the first big sport object in Rijeka in the last 30 years, built to become a place for athletes and citizents, a place of professional sport as well as a place of fun and recreation. There were twice more citizens than seats are predicted for, and everyone could see that Rijeka now has the most beautiful swimming pool in the Mediterranean.

As he announced in the beginning of the construction works, the mayor of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel marked the grand opening by “throwing himself“ into the Olympic pool, folowed by Zdravko Ćiro Kovačević the official worker of the Croatian sport, Olympic swimmer Marko Strahija and 3 young athletes: swimmer Lorena Ercegović, water polo player Arih Toni and synchronized swimmer Zora Bujan. Other kids joined them in their ceremonial swimming, future stars of the Viktoria-Primorje 08. sport society.

Many visitors could see that everything is ready for the 12.European short course championship in December. The new sporting object, and its “birth“ fireworks celebration, is also a gift for the Viktoria – Primorje 08 sport society that this year celebrates its 100th anniversary.
24.07.2008. The Kantrida swimming pool is open

On Thursday the July 24th 2008 the new Swimming center Kantrida was officially opened! The city authorities staged the festivity to celebrate this event. The swimming pool complex is the first major sporting center built in Rijeka in the last 30 years. The first 'test event' for the indoor pool will be in November 2008 when Rijeka will host an international swimming meet. This event will be the final test of the pool for the European Short Course Swimming Championships. European Championships in Rijeka will mark the centennial of swimming in Rijeka and the local community as well as the 100th anniversary of the local sporting club Primorje '08.