Swimming Canada Names 12 Swimmers for World Juniors – Open Water

Canada has named a 12-member team for the 2018 FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships. They will compete in the Gulf of Aqaba in Eilat, Israel from September 6th-8th in the 4th edition of this every-other-year event.

In spite of hosting the first-ever version of this event in Welland, Ontario, Canada, the Canadians didn’t medal in the first 3 editions. Instead, the podium has been dominated by European nations, with China and the United States.

Canada didn’t choose their roster based on open water results (which the U.S. is doing this weekend in Tempe); instead, Swimming Canada added together the swimmers’ best 1500 and 400 freestyle times from a narrow selection window between March 1st 2018 and April 16th, 2018. Then, the top 2 male and female swimmers in each selection category were offered the spots, with declined places going to the next-available athlete.

The team will first travel to attend the Best Fest Open Water Competition from May 26th-June 3rd in Mallorca, Spain to represent Canada and prepare for the event. Swimmers are required to contribute $1,750 toward their costs of being a part of the team.

That trip, on announcement of initial selection procedures, was to be from May 23rd-June 3rd, and was initially required for selection. Now, Swimming Canada says that just “most” of the team will be participating.

Swimming Canada will also send 7 staff members, only one of whom, Patrick Paradis, is a coach of an athlete on the team.

“I’m extremely excited at the prospect of working with this very talented young team of swimmers,” Swimming Canada Distance/Open Water coach Mark Perry said. “Our strategy for the World Junior Open Water Championships has been to select the fastest young distance swimmers Canada has to offer and adding specific open water skills to that speed where it’s needed. The BestFest in Mallorca in May will form part of that preparation where there will be a focus on skills, tactics and individual race strategies. Some of those selected have already been very successful representing Canada in open water events at junior and senior levels.”

The meet’s races are split into 3 age categories: a 14-15 5km event, a 16-17 7.5km event, and an 18-19 10km event. Groupings are based on a swimmer’s age as of December 31, 2018.

The full roster and staff lists are below.

Swimmmers/Nageurs

Name – Nom Club -Club Personal Coach – Entraineur personnel
DAVIDSON, Rosalie NN Gendron, Alex
FREE, Ava CASC Johnson, Dave
Lau, Octavia HYACK Bottrill, Mark
O’CROININ, Emma EKSC Nelson, Chris
SANDERSON, Kate UNCAN Doane, Mike
SMALLEGANGE, Kenna BAD Soloukhin, Sergei
AXON, Alexander MAC Novak, Rob
BEAUDIN-BOLDUC, Nathan UL Perron, Nic
DOMMANN, Raben CHENA Paradis, Patrick
FRIESEN, Ian CW Franklin, Russ
KATELNIKOFF, Alexander CASC Johnson, Dave
McGILLVRAY, Michael ROD Abderrahmane, Tissira

Team Staff/Personnel

TEAM LEADER – CHEF D’ÉQUIPE Mark Perry
TEAM MANAGER – GÉRANT D’ÉQUIPE Vicky Austen-Perry
HEAD COACH – ENTRAINEUR-CHEF Mark Perry
COACH 1 – ENTRAINEUR 1 Patrick Paradis
ASSISTANT TEAM MANAGER – GÉRANT D’ÉQUIPE ASSISTANT Kristy McGregor-Bales
PHYSICIAN TBC
MASSAGE THERAPIST – MASSOTHÉRAPEUTE Nathan Skirrow
RACE ANALYSIS – ANALYSE DE COURSE Dr Allan Wrigley

 

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Marley09

$1,750 admission fee? These guys need to file a union grievance. Best of luck to them.

Catherine

You’d think it could have been cheaper if they didn’t take almost as many staff members as swimmers.

NZswimmer

Im sure the New Zealand rep for the World Jnr open water will be paying more than $1750 given that swimmers from New Zealand are paying more than $4000 to attend the Oceania Championships.

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