Vancouver, BC – Canada’s 27-member Olympic Swim team will hit the water today at the Mel Zajac Jr International swim meet held at the UBC Aquatics Center in Vancouver from May 22nd to 25th. Local Olympians Brent Hayden, Brian Johns, Annamay Pierse, Tanya Hunks and will be showcasing their talents in their pool prior to leaving for the Beijing Olympic Games this summer.

The Mel Zajac Jr International swim meet will be the Canadian Olympic Swim Team’s first major competition since the CN Swimming Trials held in Montreal last April. The 4-day event will also be Canada’s first attempt to swim morning finals.

“Our goal is to use this meet as a simulation for Beijing and get our swimmers fired up to swim fast in the morning,” said Swimming Canada CEO/National Coach Pierre Lafontaine. “Our athletes have been training hard since the Olympic qualifier and our goal is to post fast times at this meet.”

The competition will be fierce as Australian 2008 Olympic Team members Bronte Barratt, Leith Brodie, Cate Campbell and Kylie Palmer will be challenging Canada’s fastest swimmers for top spot on the podium.

Speedo LZR Swim Suit
Canadian Olympic team will have the opportunity to race with the high-tech Speedo LZR swim suit during the Mel Zajac Jr International swim meet. This will a first for Canadian swimmers as the suit was not allowed during the Canadian Olympic swimming trials as only a small quantity was available in Canada at the time.

Olympic Team training camp
Following the Mel Zajac Jr International swim meet, the Olympic Swim team will stay in Vancouver for a 5 day training camp starting on Monday, May 26. A special fundraiser diner for the team entitled “An evening of Dreams” will be hosted at the Pan Pacific Hotel on Wednesday the 28th.

Canada’s Olympic Swim Team
Stephanie Horner (Beaconsfield, QC), Tanya Hunks (Brantford, ON/Vancouver, BC), Savannah King (Toronto, ON/Vancouver, BC), Alexa Komarnycky (Etobicoke, ON), Audrey Lacroix (Pont-Rouge, QC/Montreal, QC), Erica Morningstar (Regina, SK/Calgary, AB), Annamay Pierse (Edmonton, AB/Vancouver, BC), Victoria Poon (Hong Kong, CH/LaSalle, QC), Genevieve Saumur (Montreal, QC), Lindsay Seemann (Newmarket, ON), Jillian Tyler (Calgary, AB), Julia Wilkinson (Stratford, ON)

Joe Bartoch (London, ON), Keith Beavers (London, ON/Orangeville, ON), Mathieu Bois (Saint-Hubert, QC), Mike Brown (Perth, ON/Calgary, AB), Ryan Cochrane (Victoria, BC), Joel Greenshields (Airdrie, AB), Brent Hayden (Mission, BC/Vancouver, BC), Richard Hortness (Medicine Hat, AB), Andrew Hurd (Cambridge, ON/Montreal, QC), Brian Johns (Richmond, BC/Vancouver, BC), Tobias Oriwol (Toronto, ON/Montreal, QC), Colin Russell (Oakville, ON), Rick Say (Salmon Arm, BC/Victoria, BC), Adam Sioui (Trenton, ON/Calgary, AB), Jake Tapp (Langley, BC)

Canada’s Olympic team will be led by National Coach Pierre Lafontaine, Head Coach Tom Johnson , as well as six coaches, Jozsef Nagy (Vancouver), Jan Bidrman (Calgary), Randy Bennett (Victoria), Paul Midgley (London), Benoit Lebrun (Montreal) and Claude St-Jean (Montreal).

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For more information:
Martin Richard
Communications Director, Swimming Canada
t. 613.260.1348
c. 613.725.4339