International Winter Swimming Association launches World Cup

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The International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA) has announced the inaugural Winter Swimming World Cup Series for 2015-16. The first five events to be added to the World Cup are: Jelgavas Roni Cup (Latvia, 7 November 2015), Big Chill Swim (UK, 6-7 February 2016), Scandinavian Winter Swimming Championship (Sweden, 13-14 February 2016), Pirita Open (Estonia, 27 February 2016) and the Winter Swimming World Championships (Russia, 8-12 March 2016).

“We are delighted to announce the World Cup Series, that continues the development of a great lifestyle and sport,” said IWSA President Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen. “With more opportunities to experience the exhilaration of cold water swimming in a safe environment, we look forward to welcoming new people to our great events.”
The events will also feature the IWSA’s new water temperature classification categories. Each category represents a temperature band and depending on the location of the event, swim distances will range between 25m, 50m, 100m, 200m, 450m and 1000m (1km).
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