Kvarner newsletter / no 44

Kantrida Swimming Pools – Rijeka
European Junior Water Polo Championship

This month, Rijeka will once again show why it is called "the town of sport ": from the 11th to the 18th of September, the Kantrida Swimming Pools will host the European Junior Water Polo Championship. Many teams from various countries have announced their participation. And since local fans expect the Croatian team to finish well, there is no doubt that the atmosphere around the competition will be fantastic!

From the 11th to the 18th of September, the largest pool within the Kantrida Pools complex in Rijeka will be the venue of the exciting European Junior Water Polo Championship, which will bring together junior teams from 16 European countries. According to the announcements of the organiser, the Croatian team has high hopes to enter the finals. We are not saying this to suggest in advance that the Croatian team will win this championship, but because of the magnificent atmosphere that will be created by the Croatian audience in such case.
It is well known that Croatians are very enthusiastic when it comes to sport, both as players and as audience. If we add to this that the European Junior Water Polo Championship takes place in Rijeka, which has long been known as the "sport town", then the success of this championship is guaranteed. In addition, many other teams announced the arrival of their fans – from Italy, Hungary etc.
Water polo games will take place every day in the late afternoon, except Thursday. The finals will be on Sunday, the last day of the championship. All the games will take place in the new Olympic-size swimming pool with sliding roof. The construction of the Kantrida Pool complex, which included refurbishing existing buildings and adding new facilities, was completed earlier this year. The complex is now an integral, attractive sporting facility located right by the sea. In addition to the Olympic-size swimming pool, the complex also encompasses four smaller pools, including a children's pool and a high diving pool.
Thanks to this new pool complex, the town of Rijeka can now host various international championships. In 2008, Rijeka hosted the European Swimming Championship, and in 2010 the finals of the Euro League – the Water Polo Final Four.
The organisers of the European Junior Water Polo Championship are the City of Rijeka, the Croatian Water Polo Federation, and the Rijeka Sport Federation.