Diving is a sport with a long tradition
Dear ladies and gentlemen,
a very warm welcome to the 25th FINA Diving Grand Prix and the 64th International Divers Day in Rostock’s Hallenschwimmbad „Neptun“! This celebration of water sports is, without a doubt, one of the most important highlights of the sporting year in our Hanseatic and University City and has seen generations of divers prove their power and skills.
Diving is a sport with a long tradition. Homer first mentioned it more than 2500 years ago in ancient Greece’s Odyssey. And also for the Romans and the Germanics, diving was a means of training.
However, it was only in the 18th century that diving became a modern competitive sport. The world’s first diving club, Tichy’s Frogs, was founded in Halle/Saale in 1840 and the first, albeit unofficial, world championships took place in Sweden in 1899. When diving became part of the Olympic Games in 1904, the sport spread across many other countries. And today, it has found its regular place in Rostock’s sports scene.
In our Hanseatic and University City, it is not just water sports that attract many sportsmen and women, though. More than 50.000 members are organised in more than 200 sports clubs with swimming, diving and sailing being especially popular along with football, handball and ice hockey.
I would like to take the opportunity now to thank all those who have helped and will help to make the International Divers Day a success. Furthermore, I am wishing all athletes best marks and all viewers and guests interesting exciting competitions.
Lord Mayor of the University and Hanseatic City of Rostock