August 4th – 12th 2004. Vancouver, Canada. It seemed like only yesterday that AIDA International announced that Kirk Krack and the team at the CAFA (Canadian Association of FreeDiving and Apnea) won the bid to host the 4th Team World Championships.
Now, as I type this, there are only 16 days left to the start of the competition where 85 Athletes and Coaches, spanning 11 Countries, 19 Teams and 4 Independent Athletes, will decend on the University of British Colombia to fight it out to see who will emerge as the World Champions this year.
With the BIOS Freeology Open Classic in Cyprus earlier this year, attendance to the World Championships may seem lower than in previous years. People have commented that the lack of Italians (who are still boycotting AIDA competitions) and the French will mean that the usual European showdown won’t be the order of the day.
Overall teams are being fielded from Canada, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela so an exciting competition is guaranteed!
In the next 2 weeks i’ll introduce you to the team and we’ll bring you an exclusive look behind the scenes at the organisers of this fanastic event! So join us next week for the next lead-up article or in the meantime why not discuss the competition in our Special Forum?