Welcome to Willemstad, Curaçao!

The motto for our competition has always been “swimmers without borders” – and we are delighted to bring our event to the Caribbean this year. Bulado Swim Club is proud to invite you to Willemstad, Curaçao from the 14th-16th of October, 2016 for the 11th year of our unique swimming competition!

Considered one of the best-kept secrets of the Caribbean, the island of Curaçao is not only known for its beautiful beaches and gorgeous natural landscapes. Capital city Willemstad, on the east side of the island, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history dating back to the 17th century. During your time off from the pool, you can explore the city’s heritage, do some shopping, hang out at a café or experience Curaçao’s dining scene. Alternatively, you can get in touch with nature on the west side of the island – known for its small fishing villages, secluded beaches and the 1800-hectare Christoffel National Park.

Hosting the EU Swim in Curaçao during October will allow you to take advantage of the lower costs that accompany the off-season. There are non-stop flights from the United States and from the Netherlands in Europe, with connecting flights available to any part of the world, so the island is easily accessible! If you want to combine your holiday with a trip to the United States, Miami is only a three-hour direct flight from Curaçao. Check out the Curaçao Tourism Board website here to plan the perfect holiday!

The recently renovated Asiento facility boasts an 8-lane 25 meter pool equipped with non-turbulent lanelines, a separate smaller pool for warmup purposes and ample spectator seating for family, friends and supporters. We’ve divided the meet into 4 sessions with timed finals only on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday morning. This will allow you to have a wide range of events to choose from so that you can have ample time for sightseeing in between sessions.

Teams who wish to make their trip to Curaçao into a training camp experience prior to or after the competition are welcome to contact the organizers for arrangements at [email protected].

We are very excited to be working with the Bulado Swim Club for the 2016 edition of this event. More details will be made available soon. Join us on the island this October and enjoy a weekend of fast swimming and fun in paradise!




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Miskolc 2011
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EU Swim 2016: Europe Meets the Caribbean

By Julia Galan


The EU Swim is yet again breaking new ground, heading to the Caribbean island of Curacao for its 11th anniversary from the 14th-16th of October, 2016. Hosted by the Bulado Swim Club, the event will take place at the newly renovated 8-lane S.O.V. Asiento swimming facility in capital city Willemstad.

The island of Curacao is considered one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets. In addition to beautiful beaches, a warm, sunny climate and constant refreshing trade winds, Curacao’s capital city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history dating back to the 17th century. EU Swim participants can use their time away from the pool to explore the city’s heritage, relax at the beach or explore the natural landscapes of Christoffel National Park on the west side of the island. With a 3-day format divided into 4 sessions of timed finals only on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday morning, teams will have a wide range of events to choose from so that they can have ample time for sightseeing.

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The EU Swim has been held in a different country each year.

Since its inception in Paris in 2006, the EU Swim has attracted a variety of teams from different parts of the world every single year. Every edition of the EU Swim has had its own unique elements – but the overall mission has remained the same: to offer all swimmers – young and old, beginners and elites – the opportunity to compete internationally, represent their country, travel, and explore the languages, cultures and athletic achievements of their fellow swimmers. Meet records for each age group, some of which have remained unbroken since 2006, add a competitive element to the event.

Each year, the EU Swim has been hosted by a different club, who are responsible for the organization and logistics of the competition, bringing a fresh new perspective to each edition of the event. This year, for example, Bulado Swim Club hopes to add a potential new event to the EU Swim, in the form of an Olympian swim clinic open to all participants. Project Streamline, offering a series of world champion clinics and mentorships, was recently founded by Olympian Larsen Jensen in an attempt to create special sessions that are “for athletes, by athletes”. In the Curacao edition of the Project Streamline Clinic, Jensen and two-time Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel hope to offer two sessions on October 12th and 13th, focusing on IM, backstroke and butterfly. The clinic has a minimum of athletes required to register, so be sure to secure your spot HERE!

We wanted to hear more from the host club itself this year, so we sat down with club president Ray Treurniet recently to learn about the club and what they have in store for the 2016 edition of the EU Swim!

Curacao and Brno Swimming Club at the EU Swim 2015

Curacao and Brno Swimming Club at the EU Swim 2015

JG: Tell me about the Bulado Swim Club and its competitive swimming program. What is your history, how many swimmers do you have, and what are your goals for the future?

RT: Our club was founded on March 28th, 1973, by Mr. Monique Alexandre Maria and Mr. Sigfried Djaoen. We actually just had the pleasure of celebrating our 43rd anniversary as a swimming club! Over the years, Bulado Swim Club has produced many talented swimmers who have achieved local, national and international success and who have broken quite a few records in the process.

Right now, we have a total of 95 athletes on our team. About 10 of these swimmers train in the USA and in Europe. We maintain a full training regime of 10 sessions per week lasting between 2 – 3 hours. We do dryland, video analysis, nutrition, technique work, speed training, sport massage and physiotherapy. All of these sessions are provided by Bulado’s coaches, parents and other volunteers.

Bulado Swim Club’s goals are to continue growing the club and to participate at and organize more international meets, such as the EU Swim.

curacaoJG: What was it about the EU Swim that made you decide to make room in your busy schedule to organize the 11th year?

RT: When our club participated in the 10th EU Swim in Orlando, we were impressed to see all the participating clubs from all over the world. We liked the atmosphere and friendliness of the meet and of all who took part in it and we wanted to also have the chance to organize the competition by combining it with our annual traditional Bulado Meet. Although the Bulado Meet does comply with all the rules and regulations for an international competition, it has never before been promoted and brought to such an international level in the ten years of its existence.
We know that organizing this meet will be very time consuming, but we are willing to take on this task together with all of our parents, volunteers and professionals. Our goal is to make the 11th EU Swim Meet one of the most unforgettable for our club and for the country of Curacao.

For Bulado Swim Club, this is not just any meet, but a combined EU Swim and Bulado Meet. We think this is a wonderful and great combination and we are looking forward to it!

JG: How was your experience at your very first EU Swim in Orlando?

RT: We can sum it up in two words – Tremendous and Excellent. Every detail was planned out and taken care of. We especially liked the fact that the officials/judges were open, simple and even took part in the opening ceremony of the meet.

The island of Curacao

The island of Curacao

JG: This is of course the first year that we are hosting this international competition in the Caribbean and Curacao is one of the most unique islands with so much history. There are so many selling points to the island but for you, as residents, what is most unique about Curacao? What would you recommend to visitors coming to Curacao for the first time?

RT: There are so many things to do on the island. We love our beaches, our underwater parks and caves, and of course our historic monuments. We would suggest that visitors take the time to see the sights and get to know the people of Curacao! You can also see the Tourism Board website for more ideas: www.curacao.com/en/

JG: What do you have planned for the EU Swim in addition to the swimming events?

RT: We’re in the process of organizing a great experience for the swimming participants. Some of the ideas include island guided tours, a cultural party following the competition and visiting the SAMBIL Shopping Mall. We also have the Project Streamline clinic that we hope to bring to Curacao for the EU Swim, featuring Elizabeth Beisel.

Bulado Swim Club at the EU Swim 2015

Bulado Swim Club at the EU Swim 2015

JG: Why should swimmers and teams come to the EU Swim in Curacao this year?

RT: It’ll be a fun competition in an incredible country. Curacao has a unique combination of 43 different cultures in the Caribbean, where more than 5 languages are being spoken. We have 365 days of sunshine and nice people. We call them ‘Dushi Hende’ in our language, Papiamento. Come join us in Curacao, you won’t regret it!

Thanks to the Bulado Swim Club!

We’re looking forward to the EU Swim on 14-16 October, and we hope you’ll join us there!

Registration ends on Friday, 7 October, so be sure to complete the entry forms prior to that date. REGISTER HERE!

YMCA of Central Florida Team Hosts the 10th Annual EU Swim Series

YMCA Aquatic Center, Orlando

YMCA Aquatic Center, Orlando

The entry deadline has passed, the teams have been tallied. Swimmers from 9 countries will be gathering at the YMCA of Central Florida in Orlando on September 19th-20th for the 10th annual EU Swim Series.

Headed by VP of Aquatics and Olympian Rowdy Gaines and Aquatics Director Mike Brady, the YMCA of Central Florida team is set to take the torch from 2014 Finnish hosts Simmis Hyvinkaa. Traditionally, the host club is responsible for the organization and logistics of the competition as well as the recruitment of national clubs, bringing a unique flavor and a fresh perspective to each year.

Although the event has officially taken on the name of the host club or city since the Tampere Open version of the EU Swim Series, our 2015 hosts have chosen to call this year’s competition the “EU Swim International Invitational”, marking the first time since 2011 that the EU Swim label has been used.

Mike Brady is this year's meet director

Mike Brady is this year’s meet director

In another unique turn of circumstances, this year’s competition will be one of the most international editions yet. While the EU Swim has usually been characterized by a strong national component and a healthy, yet smaller international turnout, this year’s event has produced an even number of American and international participants.

The shift in the size and international makeup of the meet has the potential to produce a more intimate atmosphere that is less focused on the pressure of the competition, placing more emphasis on friendship and cultural exploration.

The Aquatic Center is located on International Drive, home to the Orlando Eye among other attractions

The Aquatic Center is located on International Drive, home to the Orlando Eye among other attractions

The diversity of countries that are expected to be present during this year’s competition is also reflective of the competition’s mission to promote “swimmers without borders”. Athletes from the Bahamas, Curacao, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago and the British Virgin Islands, in addition to the United States, are expected to be on deck next weekend. With all swimmers encouraged to participate in the traditional parade of countries, the pool is sure to turn into a festive display of national pride.

Thanks to the YMCA of Central Florida for hosting this year's meet!

Thanks to the YMCA of Central Florida for hosting this year’s meet!

We would like to thank the YCF team for agreeing to organize the competition this year and we’re looking forward to this 10th anniversary! In the meantime, deck entries WILL be accepted this year, so please feel free to register yourselves or your swimmers!

For more on how the YMCA of Central Florida has prepared for this year’s competition, check out our video interview with Rowdy Gaines and Mike Brady.

See you this weekend.

Swimmers Without Borders: EU Swim Orlando 2015

By Julia Galan

EU Swim Paris 2006

EU Swim Paris 2006

For a competition whose slogan is “swimmers without borders”, the EU Swim Series will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in perfect style. On the 19th and 20th of September, 2015, this international competition will cross the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in its history, landing at the world-class YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, Florida and opening its doors to swimmers of all ages and levels from the United States and abroad.

Hosted by the YMCA of Central Florida, the EU Swim will maintain its traditional short course meters format this year, providing American participants a unique opportunity to test their times on a new course. With a dual-USA Swimming and U.S. Masters Swimming sanction, this year’s edition is hoping to attract a variety of competitors, from Masters swimmers, to collegiate athletes, to age groupers.

The EU Swim will celebrate its 10th year in September

The EU Swim will celebrate its 10th year in September

I first started the EU Swim back in 2006 as part of my Master’s degree requirements while studying European Affairs at political science institute Sciences Po in Paris. For me, the competition was initially just an experiment in European citizenry. Much emphasis was placed on achieving “unity in diversity” – celebrating diverse national heritages while embracing similarities as Europeans. Sport has often been used to connect and unite people from across the globe – and that is what the EU Swim set out to do that first year in Paris.

Polish swimmers cheer on teammates at the EU Swim Aarschot 2009

Polish swimmers cheer on teammates at the EU Swim Aarschot 2009

Turning a dream into reality is often a long and difficult process and organizing the first year of the EU Swim was no exception. The competition truly became a grassroots initiative – from emailing hundreds of clubs across Europe, to contacting potential sponsors, to receiving permits from the appropriate sports authorities in Paris. Although there were ups and downs, the rewards were worth the effort. Particularly remarkable was the unique atmosphere, at once convivial and competitive. The competition was new and exciting for many of the swimmers, some of whom had never traveled abroad before.

Because of this initial success and warm reception from the participants, the EU Swim didn’t stop in the City of Lights. The scope of the competition widened – it was not just for EU citizens or European citizens, it became a competition open to swimmers from across the globe. Since Paris 2006, the EU Swim has been hosted in a different European city and country each year, including Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland and Estonia. Adopting the slogan “Swimmers without Borders”, the event has attracted between 200-600 swimmers from up to 12 countries each year.

EU Swim Miskolc 2011

The SSF Bonn relay team at the EU Swim in Miskolc 2011

And every year, that same unique atmosphere prevails. The EU Swim is more than just an average swim meet. Many of the teams have come to participate nearly every single year, and traveling to a new country for the same competition on an annual basis has become a reunion of sorts – the opportunity to see old friends and make new ones. Every edition of the EU Swim has had its own unique elements – but the overall mission has remained the same: to offer all swimmers – young and old, beginners and elites – the opportunity to compete internationally, represent their country, travel, and explore the languages, cultures and athletic achievements of their fellow swimmers.

Veliky Novgorod pose for a team photo at Hyvinkaa 2014

Veliky Novgorod pose for a team photo at Hyvinkaa 2014

Particularly poignant for me has been to see swimmers of all ages standing on the podium to proudly receive their medals, waving their country flags enthusiastically during the parade of countries, or exchanging swim caps with other teams. Mark Twain once wrote that “…(t)ravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness…”, and what better way to travel and meet people than through a sport that you love? Sadly, however, most swimmers who do not reach a certain level of performance in swimming are never offered an opportunity to compete internationally. This was a fault that I have always hoped that the EU Swim could correct, if only in a small way.

The organizing team, volunteers and officials at Hyvinkaa 2014

It is partly because of this mission that EU Swim is traveling to a different continent this year. By bringing the meet to the United States, the EU Swim can expand in its diversity and include swimmers from an even wider variety of countries. The event will allow all swimmers to celebrate their love for the sport together, and may also allow for the opportunity to set some new meet records in the meantime.

Indeed, the EU Swim may be open to all levels of swimmers, but that has not stopped quite a few Olympians and national swimmers from participating over the years. And with the Orlando YMCA’s fast pool, a venue that has seen numerous record-setting swims from such swimming greats as Michael Phelps, Janet Evans, and Rowdy Gaines, the possibilities for the 10th anniversary are endless.

Join us in Orlando this September!

Join us in Orlando this September!

Set in a fabulous city that attracts tourists from across the globe, and with a dedicated organizing team, the 10th anniversary of the EU Swim is shaping up to be quite an event. And since registration is open until Friday, September 11, 2015, why not bring your swimmers and join us there? Looking forward to meeting you!

For more information, please visit the meet website at www.euswim.org

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