- From Ken McKinnon, Swimming Canada National Development Team Coach
Swimmers and Coaches,
I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season and have now put in a few solid weeks of training in the new year.
The 2018 Canadian Swimming Championships from April 5-8 in Montreal will be an exciting competition for Junior age swimmers. Our best athletes will be competing for Canada at the Gold Coast XXI Commonwealth Games so there will be lots of opportunity for Junior age athletes to step up and race for medals and wins at the CSC! Of course the other main focus will be on Team Selection for the upcoming Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, taking place from August 23-26 in Suva, Fiji and the 2018 IOC Youth Olympic Games (YOG) October 3-13 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
We not only want to remind swimmers that they could swim themselves into a spot for Selection to the YOG and Jr Pan Pacs this summer, but also to encourage athletes to stay motivated, healthy, focused, and disciplined through exam season.
Maintaining your training focus is crucial for you to be at your best when racing in Montreal in April.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CANADIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
This season, Swimming Canada has created four age qualifying standards each for male and female competitors for the 2018 Canadian Swimming Championships. The Canadian Championships is the highest level domestic meet in the 2018 March-April Peak Performance window. The 2018 standards are available at the following link: https://swimming.ca/en/resources/teams-selection-policies/national-standards-2017-2018/
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE SELECTION
- Swimmers born in the years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 are eligible for selection to the 2018 Junior Pan Pacs.
- Swimmers born in the years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 are eligible for nomination for selection to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
- The selection criteria for both these events is available on the Swimming Canada website at the following link:
Please note that while the main selection to both these teams will take place at the 2018 Canadian Swimming Championships in Montreal from April 5-8 at the Olympic Pool, there will also be a small window of opportunity for additions to the Junior Pan Pacs Team at the Pan Pacific Trials in July in Edmonton.
National Development Team Coach