GUAM – Canada’s Junior eighteen and under swim team will be challenging the worlds best swimming nations in Guam, from January 8th to 12th, 2009.

“Our team had a great preparation camp during the past week in Guam and they are ready to swim fast,” said Swimming Canada’s CEO and National Coach, Pierre Lafontaine. “The morale is high.

This is a team that has competed together for a while and they get along well. Our goal here is to win the tight races, get a spot in the final and climb up in the rankings.”

Eleven out of the 26 member roster competed for Canada at the Desjardins Tri-Nations Cup in Quebec city as part of the Olympic B Team last summer. This inaugural tri-meet featured a showdown against Great-Britain and France. The Canadian women’s team placed first in the overall standings while finishing 2nd as a whole with 4 medals shy of Great Britain.

“Our biggest challenge here is to win against the Americans and Australian teams. The depth of those two countries is quite deep, but we have a great team ready to surprise the World,” added Lafontaine.

Countries participating include Australia, China, the United States, Japan, New Zealand, Bermuda, Mexico, Guam, El Salvador and Costa Rica.

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