Sydney, AU – Swimming Canada’s Youth Team is fired up to take on the World at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival from January 15-18, 2009. The Canadian squad will take part in a 4-day meet competing against the Worlds best under-17 swimmers. These up and comers will race in the Sydney Olympic Games facility.

“Our Youth team is fired up to race,” said Pierre Lafontaine, CEO and National Coach for Swimming Canada.

“The team had a great training camp opportunity a few months ago and are excited to gain this incredible experience on the international stage.”

By competing at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, these 18 athletes will get a taste of how exciting it is to represent their country on the World stage. They will race the best, interact with athletes from other sports, but most of all will get to experience an environment reminiscent of an Olympic Games.

The Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) was initiated by the Australian Olympic Committee following the success of 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The AYOF was first held in Sydney in January 2001, and has been held bi-annually ever since. In 2009, over 2500 athletes and officials from 25 countries will be competing in 21 different sports.
Canada’s youth Team will be led by Head Coach Cliff Noth of North Bay Ontario and assisted by Sylvain Pineau of Scarborough.

Youth Swim Team Canada consists of:
Hilary Bell (Toronto ON), Dominique Bouchard (North Bay, ON), Bobbie Mielnichuk (Edmonton, AB), Bronwyn Pasloski (Whitehorse, YK), Beatrice Pineau (Boischatel,QC), Chelsey Salli (Langley, BC), Tess Simpson (Ingleside, ON), Brenna MacLean (Vancouver,BC), Marie-Soleil Jean-Lachapelle (Montreal,QC) and Chantal Van Landeghem (Winnipeg, MN) representing the women’s team.

On the men’s side, Chad Bobrosky (Calgary, AB), David Dimitrov (Calgary, AB), Graham Hawes (Scarborough, ON), James Kendrick (Calgary, AB), Braeden Newton (St.Albert, AB), Austin Rockett (Mississauga, ON), Zachary Somjen (Vancouver, BC) and Karl Wolk (Calgary, AB).

Many of Canada’s top senior athletes are graduates of this highly competitive international Youth-aged event.