“2008 Olympians and 2012 hopefuls ready to shine”

Ottawa, ON – Swimming Canada will kick off its 2008-09 season with a bang by hosting back to back competitions in Toronto this November.

“We’re quite excited about kick starting the new season with back to back short course meets,” said Pierre Lafontaine, CEO and National Coach for Swimming Canada.

“This is a great way to bring our University and Club programs in the same city and have a go at some fast swimming. We’re expecting some great performances from our Olympic veterans as well as our next wave of swimmers.”

The University Challenge is a one day University invitational meet that will take place at the University of Toronto pool on November 27 between 1-3pm. Eight teams will go head to head in a 25m short course setting. Competition events are 50 & 100 m Freestyle, 100 m Butterfly, 100 & 200m IM, 100 Breaststroke, 4 x 50 m Freestyle, 4 x 50 m Medley relay, 400 m Freestyle and 100 m Backstroke.

The Canada Cup hosted at the Etobicoke Olympium Pool will bring together big names in Canadian Swimming such as Olympic Bronze Medallist Ryan Cochrane of Victoria BC, Mike Brown of Perth ON, Brent Hayden of Mission BC, Erica Morningstar of Calgary AB, Annamay Pierse of Edmonton AB, Julia Wilkinson of Stratford ON, Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge QC, as well as many other top International competitors. Starting on November 28th, the Canada Cup will showcase some post-Olympic Games short course swimming where many Provincial and National Records are bound to fall.

London 2012 hopefuls will also be racing in force as Canada’s Youth and Junior Team scheduled to compete oversees next January, will be using this meet as a stepping stone for their preparations.

Competitions run until Sunday November 30th. Canada Cup finals sessions will be broadcasted live (6pm local time) on Swimming Canada Website at www.swimming.ca

Swimming Canada will also be honouring the achievements of its top Canadian swimmers and coaches during the Big Splash Awards Gala on the evening of Thursday, November 27, 2008.

Swimming Canada Competition Schedule for 2008-09 Season

Canada Cup
November 28 to 30, 2008
Etobicoke ON

Junior Pan Pacific Championships – Intl. Junior Swim Team Canada
January 8 to 11, 2009
Guam, USA

Australian Youth Olympic Festival – Intl. Youth Swim Team Canada
January 15 to 18, 2009
Sydney, Australia

Speedo Eastern & Western Championships
February 12 to 15, 2009
Halifax & Edmonton, Canada

Swimming Canada Spring National Championships
March 11 to 14, 2009
University of Toronto

Can-Am Disability Swimming Championships
March 19 to 21, 2009
Gresham Oregon, USA

Grand Prix – Zajac International
May 22 to 24, 2009
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Grand Prix – Quebec Cup
June 18 to 21, 2009
Montreal, QC, Canada

Age Group Nationals
July 16 to 19, 2009
Parc Jean Drapeau Pool,

World Aquatic Championship Trials
July 8 to 11, 2009
Parc Jean Drapeau Pool, Montreal

Universiade 2009 – University National Team
July 6-11, 2009
Belgrade, Serbia

13th FINA World Aquatic – Sr Intl. A Team
July 26 to Aug 2, 2009

Can-Am Disability Swimming Championships
July 30 to August 1, 2009
Edmonton, AB

North American Challenge Cup – National Prospect Team
August 6 to 8, 2009
Mexico – Canada – United States

Canada Summer Games – Provincial Teams
August 24 to 29, 2009
Charlottetown, Canada

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About Swimming Canada
Swimming Canada serves as the national governing body of competitive swimming. Swimming Canada’s vision of Swimming to Win; Winning for Life! reflects the lifelong attributes of the sport. The federation comprises 75,000 members and 400 swim clubs across the country. Canadians are global leaders in high performance swimming and development for both able-bodied swimmers and swimmers with a disability. Swimming is recognized as one of the most celebrated and successful Canadian summer Olympic sports. For more information on Swimming Canada, its activities and programs please visit www.swimming.ca.

More information: Martin Richard | Communications Director, Swimming Canada, t. 613.260.1348 x 2002, c. 613.725.4339,
e. mrichard@swimming.ca, w. www.swimming.ca