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Team to be selected at 2012 Summer Nationals in Edmonton July 19-22

OTTAWA – With Canada’s 2012 Olympic team swimmers putting the final touches to their preparation in Italy, Swimming Canada is alreadythinking RIO 2016. Next week in Edmonton (July 19-22), sixteen swimmers will be selected at the Summer National Swimming Championships to compete for Canada as part of a senior B team this summer.

Past Olympic Coach DeanBoles, currently Ontario Provincial Coach has been chosen to lead the squad at the US Open in August.

“We’re thrilled to have Dean lead our team of 2016 hopefuls,” said Pierre Lafontaine, CEO and National Coach for Swimming Canada. “Dean’s leadership and up-beat personality will be a great fit with these young aspiring athletes.”

“This is a great opportunity for the next wave of Olympic hopefuls and start gaining international team experience as they prepare for the 2015 Pan-Ams and RIO 2016.”

“If we go back to 2008, Martha McCabe and a few other swimmers on the 2012 London team competed as part of the National SR B team in Quebec city.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to work with the next layer of swimmers at the US Open in August as they are the future of Canadian swimming gaining valuable racing experience as we move forward to the 2015 Pan Am Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic games,” said Boles.

“These similar training and racing opportunities helped shape our current Olympic team, so take note of the names on this team as we will see them in the next 4 years”.

Throughout his coachingcareer, Boles coached swimmers to 4 Olympic Teams most recently coaching Keith Beavers to a 7th place finish at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 4 to a World Championships, 3 to Commonwealth and 5 to a Pan-American Games. He also coached Jennifer Button, Laura Nicholls and Keith Beavers to several National record setting performances.

Since 1987 Boles has represented Canada as part of over 20 Canadian National Teams. Boles spent 22 years at the helm of the Region of Waterloo Swim Club before taking the role as the Ontario Provincial Mentor coach for the past 3 years assisting coaches and swimmers including the 10 Ontario swimmers on the 2012 Olympic team.