Swimming Canada Releases Full Roster For 2022 Commonwealth Games

Swimming Canada announced Monday the 31 names who will represent the Canadian flag at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, with the swimming competition running from July 29 through August 3.

There is one major change from Swimming Canada’s initial list of nominees for the Commonwealth Games, which was released shortly after the conclusion of the Canadian Swimming Trials in early April, as two-time Olympian Yuri Kisil will not compete in Birmingham.

With Kisil declining his spot, the door opened up for Stephen Calkins to join the team. Calkins had a brief two-day retirement before learning he was being named to the roster. Calkins will help shore up the Canadian men’s 400 free relay, having finished sixth at last month’s Trials in a time of 49.96.

With Kisil out and Markus Thormeyer not racing at the Trials, two names who have been mainstays in Canadian men’s swimming will be absent in Birmingham.

The rest of the roster remains intact, with the formidable Canadian women’s contingent competing including individual Olympic medalists Maggie MacNeilPenny Oleksiak and Kylie Masse, plus rising star Summer McIntosh.

Taylor Ruck, who won a record-tying eight medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, was notably not among the nominees when they were released in early April.

The Para swimmers added to the team include 10-time Paralympic medalist Aurelie Rivard and fellow 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Philippe Vachon.

The other Para swimmers named to the squad were Nicholas BennettCamille BerubeAlexander ElliotDanielle Kisser and Nicolas-Guy Turbide.


First Name Last Name Hometown
Javier Acevedo Toronto, ON
Sophie Angus Weston, CT
Jeremy Bagshaw Victoria, BC
Katrina Bellio Mississauga, ON
Nicholas Bennett Parksville, BC
Camille Bérubé Gatineau, QC
Eric Brown Pointe-Claire, QC
Stephen Calkins Calgary, AB
Tessa Cieplucha Georgetown, ON
James Dergousoff Christina Lake, BC
Alexander Elliot Kitchener, ON
Collyn Gagne Oakville, ON
Ruslan Gaziev Toronto, ON
Mary-Sophie Harvey Trois-Rivières, QC
Patrick Hussey Beaconsfield, QC
Ella Jansen Burlington, ON
Danielle Kisser Delta, BC
Finlay Knox Okotoks, AB
Joshua Liendo Markham, ON
Maggie MacNeil London, ON
Kylie Masse LaSalle, ON
Summer McIntosh Toronto, ON
Penny Oleksiak Toronto, ON
Sydney Pickrem Clearwater, FL
Aurélie Rivard St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
Katarina Roxon Kippens, NL
Kayla Sanchez Scarborough, ON
Katerine Savard Pont-Rouge, QC
Rebecca Smith Red Deer, AB
Nicolas-Guy Turbide Quebec City, QC
Philippe Vachon Blainville, QC


Position First Name Last Name
Team Leader John Atkinson
Asst Team Leader & IST Lead Iain McDonald
Team Manager Jan Hanan
Team Manager Emma Van Steen
Head Coach Martyn Wilby
Team Coach Ryan Mallette
Team Coach Greg Arkhurst
Team Coach Mike Thompson
Team Coach Rob Novak
Team Coach Marc-Andre Pelletier
Team Coach Linda Kiefer
Assistant Coach Sierra Moores
Performance Scientist Tom Vandenbogaerde
Physical Performance Johnny Fuller
Massage Therapist Remo Bucci
Massage Therapist Ron Castro
Physiotherapy Meghan Buttle
Video Analysis Graham Olson
Physician Dr Sara Forsyth
Media Attache Nathan White

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Scuncan Dott
6 months ago

What about Ingrid Wilm and Bailey Andison?

6 months ago

How does Taylor Ruck not get selected?

Reply to  RMS
6 months ago

I think she’d already announced that she was making herself unavailable for selection for this meet.

Sherry Smit
Reply to  James Sutherland
6 months ago

I may be wrong here, but I don’t think her times qualified. She was off the time standards at trials.

Sherry Smit
Reply to  Sherry Smit
6 months ago

200 Free was a 1:55.74. Im not sure if that means she had to go faster than that at trials, or if she just has to have a time in general faster.

Reply to  Sherry Smit
6 months ago

She declined her spot

Reply to  Sherry Smit
6 months ago

Ruck qualified in more events for the commonwealth games than any other swimmer at the Canadian trials ( 100, 200, 100bc, 200bc, 4×1, 4×2, and relay heats in 4×1 mix, 4×1 medley and 4×1 mix medley)…

Reply to  James Sutherland
6 months ago

Perhaps she’s getting ready for her final year at Stanford?

Also, any idea why Canada’s pool team is limited to 23 swimmers total? I saw that somewhere in the initial selection doc. Seems very small for a Commonwealth Games team. Wondering if Canada Sport imposed those limits or if SNC internally, and if so, why?

Reply to  Njones
6 months ago

The Australian selection policy says the max team size is 46 and while not stated I assume that means 23 per gender.

Reply to  Troyy
6 months ago

Each member is allocated a predetermined number of swimmers…Australia 46, England 34 ( they say only 30 of that quota likely to be used), Canada 23, Scotland 16 ( got 20 with reallocation, I think); every member can enter three swimmers in individual events and all of them may swim the finals if ranked top 8 in the heats.

Reply to  Ldn
6 months ago

Huh… That’s interesting that each team gets a different number. That seems odd and not quite allowing for equality. What if one country’s depth has improved and another declined? Interesting…

Reply to  Njones
6 months ago

They had issues in 2014 with the athletes’ accommodation. Now they have a predetermined athlete number. So far, Canada and Scotland seem to have had enough allocated/reallocated it seems. I mean, Isle of Man got 6 spots…one very good female breaststroker, one lad who made it to a B final at the British champs champs I think, and well, four other youngsters.

Reply to  Ldn
6 months ago

Ah, so it’s a Commonwealth in general or specific to swimming quota limit. Thank-you.
Still wonder why Aussie gets so many more? I could understand a few more but double??

Reply to  Njones
6 months ago

Each country got a total allocation depending on their team sizes from the last two games. Canada receives 146 apots and Commonwealth Games Canada had to divide that up among open allocation sports, which swimming is one of.

Reply to  Troyy
6 months ago

Canada is 23 total.

Reply to  Njones
6 months ago

Among the women, Ruck as we know, declined a spot.
i will assume Wog did as well, so they inserted Jansen to fill in, instead of Wog and Dunford compared to the world champs squad.
Wilm and Nicol are the only ones missing who we can’t assume have declined a spot in the roster.
Canada’s men’s team is generously selected.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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