Manchester 2023 release Social Impact report

3 Dec 2023

In hosting the Manchester 2023 Allianz Para Swimming World Championships, event stakeholders committed to create positive and sustainable change – impact that goes far beyond medals won in the pool.

Across the 31st July – 6th August the newly refurbished Manchester Aquatics Centre welcomed over 500 athletes from 67 nations, with the 27-strong British team picking up 38 medals – 14 gold, 14 silver and 10 bronze, in front of a roaring home crowd.

In addition to the success to be celebrated in the pool, the Manchester 2023 Allianz Para Swimming World Championships committed with stakeholders to fully capitalise on the event hosting to deliver positive and sustainable change.

This work focused on three key themes;

  1. Community access
  2. Equality, Diversity, Inclusion
  3. Sustainability

The championships provided a platform for set objectives in these areas and the ‘Social Impact Report’ outlines the effective partnership working achieved between the event stakeholders to deliver on;

  • Creating more opportunities for children and young people with a disability to access aquatics.
  • Developing a more diverse and upskilled workforce within Manchester and the North West.
  • Enhancing the event experience for all people attending with a disability including athletes, workforce and spectators.
  • Implementation of sustainable practice and measurements throughout the delivery of the event.
Download Social Impact Report

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