KudabaOttawa, ON – Canada’s Youth and Junior swimmers are set to take on their European rivals next week with meets in Switzerland and Luxembourg.

The European Tour begins January 18th with their first stop in Geneva, Switzerland. The squad, which consists of 32 swimmers, will then travel to Luxembourg to compete at the 10th annual Euro Meet, January 25th – 27th.

“This tour is part of Swimming Canada’s national long term development strategy,” states Ken Radford, Technical Director for Swimming Canada “The basic intent is to give our youth and junior swimmers a long course test early on in the season where they have an opportunity to have prepared peak performances.”

This tour will also help the youth and junior swimmers get focused for the Beijing Trials in April, where selection for the 2008 World Youth Championships in Monterey, Mexico will take place. The 2008 Youth and Junior European Tour squad was selected from the 2007 senior and age group national championships.

Québec City, QC: Genevieve Cantin (UL), Cap-Rouge/Saint Augustin/Québec:Vanessa Charron (CSQ), Winnipeg, MB: Marrissa Davies (MANTA), Whitehorse, Yukon: Alexandra Gabor (WGB), Scarborough, ON: Julie Harrison (SCAR), West Vancouver, BC: Brenna Maclean (WVOSC), Edmonton, AB: Deanna Matthews, (OSC), Toronto, ON: Heather MacLean, (ESWIM), Edmonton, AB: Bobbie Mielnichuk (EKSC), Lethbridge, AB: Rachel Nicol (LASC), Whitehorse, Yukon: Bronwyn Pasloski (WGB), Windsor, ON: Amanda Reason (WEST), Barrie, ON: Sinead Russell (DS), Langley, BC: Chelsea Salli (LOSC), Toronto, ON: Paige Schultz (TSC), Newmarket, ON: Lindsay Seeman, (NEW)

Victoria, BC: Jeremy Bagshaw (IS); Sherbrooke, QC: Christopher Bezeau (SHER); Burnaby, BC: Wayland Chang (SFA); Oakville, ON: Zack Chetrat (OAK); Beauport, QC: Jason Dacosta, (CNCB); Ottawa, ON: Brent Dillon, (NKB); Scarborough, ON: Graham Hawes, (SCAR); Langley, BC: Willem Hergesheimer (LOSC); Calgary, AB: Thomas Jobin (CASC); New Westminster, BC: Andre Kudaba (HYACK); Calgary, AB: Curtis Lutsch (UCSC); Vernon, BC: Andres McIntyre (VKSC); Ajax, ON: Julian Monks (AAC); Mississauga, ON: Austin Rockett (MSSAC); Newmarket, ON: Matthew Swanston (NEW); Lethbridge, AB: Kyle Troskot (EST)

Langley, BC: Brian Metcalfe (Coach); Whitehorse, YK: Marek Poplawski (Coach); Lethbridge, AB: Brad Mori (Coach); Winnipeg, MB: Tom Hainey (Coach); Nanoose Bay, BC: Deryk Snelling (National Junior Coach); Victoria, BC: Ken Radford (Team Leader); Edmonton, AB: Ollie Currie (Manager); Pointe-Claire, QC: Suzanne White (Manager)

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