World's Best Divers Showcase Their Skills In Windsor

Big crowds for the FINA Diving World Series.

The best divers from 13 countries took part in the weekend long event at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre.

Canada picked up three silver medals in Women's and Mixed 3-metre Synchronized as well as the Mixed 10-metre Synchronized.

Mike Darie attends every FINA event in Windsor.

His mother won diving gold in the 1954 and 1955 Romanian National Diving Championship.

He says if you've never been, you need to check it out.

"I'm really happy that such a world class competition made its way to Windsor. Doesn't happen too often. Plus, I'm here to take pictures to send my mother who was national champion in this specialty in '54 and '55 and it's too bad it didn't run in the family. They tried for me to get into it, but it just didn't stick."

Darie seeing the event in person makes you appreciate the abilities of the athletes.

"Obviously these are world class athletes. I couldn't do one hundredth of what they do. If it does make it's way back to the Windsor I'm going to for sure be here again to support the young athletes and enjoy their performances."


Fans take in one of the many events at the FINA Diving World Series in Windsor (Photo by AM800's Zander Broeckel)

Event organizer, Michael Chantler, says feedback was very positive.

"We're hearing it in the lobby from people who are coming to visit. We're hearing it from the athletes, the coaches, that Windsor is a warm and welcoming community and it's like nothing else that they get anywhere else. And that might be because we're one of the smaller communities when you look at us on the world stage compared to big cities like Beijing and London."


Italian divers hit the water at the FINA Diving World Series in Windsor (Photo by AM800's Zander Broeckel)

This was the final year of a four year deal with FINA and Chantler he's hoping to get them back.

"This is certainly one of the highest level events that we have put on. These are the best divers in the world. These are your Olympians. I'd love to see them come back one day. Absolutely. We will continue, from our standpoint, working with the various tourism folks and going after these bids. These signature events are part of having a world class facility. So I think you'll see at least one or two of these coming in the future."

The FINA stop in Windsor was the last event before the Diving World Championship which goes in Budapest this July.