Four SwimBC Swimmers, Two Coaches Named to SC World Champs Team

FINA World Swimming Championships Team Announced

OTTAWA (October 25, 2010) – With exactly fifty days left on the countdown clock to the FINA World Short Course (25m) Championships in Dubai, UAE, Swimming Canada is pleased to announced its sixteen member strong team that will race the World’s best in the pool from December 15 to 19th, 2010.
Canada’s team will include seven swimming Olympians including Commonwealth Games silver medallist in the women’s 200m butterfly, Audrey Lacroix of Montreal and former World Record holder in the 200m breaststroke short course event, Annamay Pierse (UBCD). Pierse, who still holds the world mark in the long course (50m) event, is looking at a strong start of the season after a challenging year.
“I am very excited to race as always and to be able to race those top breaststroke girls is always a challenge and great time,” said the 27 year-old Pierse who was afflicted by a few injuries last season. “I’m looking forward to challenging the podium in Dubai.”
And among other big names set to race in Dubai are Australia’s multiple Olympic medallists Geoff Huegill, Leisel Jones and Felicity Galvez. Other top international names will be announced as we get closer to the cut-off entry date at the end of November.
“This World class competition will be another great opportunity for our athletes to experience fast international swimming” said Pierre Lafontaine, CEO and National Coach for Swimming Canada.
Typically these championships take part following the World Cup circuit in the spring and struggled to attract big names as the event conflicted with other major competition.  Most recently, FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports, has moved the short course Championships to December to cap off the short course season and offer a fast, competitive environment for high level, international swimming before the start of the long course (50m) season.
“This competition is at the end of our cycle and so I am used to having a meet at that time where I need to perform well. I always love racing in December,” added Pierse.
The FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) were first held in Palma de Mallorca in Spain in 1993 and since then they have taken place all over the world, including Rio de Janeiro and Shanghai, every alternate year – apart from 1999 and 2000 when they took place two years in a row.
Tickets for the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) and details of the Championships can be found at the official website:
Canadian Roster for the FINA World Short Course is:
(Name, Age, Residence, Hometown, Coach, club)
MenHassaan ABDEL KHALIK (19, Mississauga ON, Etobicoke Swim Club); Warren BARNES (25, Toronto ON, Toronto Swim Club, John Rodgers); Joe BARTOCH(27, London, ON, London Aquatic Club, Paul Midgley); Charles FRANCIS (22, Montreal, QC, Cowansville QC, C.N. Piscine du Parc Olympique, Benoit Lebrun);Richard HORTNESS (25, London, ON, Medicine Hat AB, London Aquatic Club, Paul Midgley);  Paul KORNFELD (23, Calgary AB, University of Calgary Swim Club, Jan Bidrman); Jake TAPP (22, Langley BC, Langley Olympium Swim Club)
WomenAlexandra GABOR (17, Whitehorse YK, Whitehorse Glacier Bears, Marek Poplawski); 
Audrey LACROIX (27, Montreal, QC, Pont-Rouge, Qc, Club Aquatique Montreal, Benoit Lebrun); Martha McCABE (21, Vancouver, BC, Toronto, ON, UBC Dolphins, Jozsef Nagy); Annamay PIERSE (27, Vancouver, BC, Edmonton, AB, UBC Dolphins, Jozsef Nagy); Victoria POON (26, Lasalle, QC, Hong Kong, China, C.N. Piscine du Parc Olympique, Benoit Lebrun); Amanda REASON (17, Toronto ON, Windsor ON, Etobicoke Swim Club, Kevin Anderson);
Sinead RUSSELL (17, Oakville, ON, Burlington, ON, Dolphins Swim Club, Erin Russell); Geneviève SAUMUR (23, Montreal, QC, C.N. Piscine du Parc Olympique, Benoit Lebrun); Katerine SAVARD (17, Cap-Roube QC, Club St-Augustin Quebec, Marc-Andre Pelletier).
Coaching staff:
 Benoit Lebrun (Montreal National Center, Montreal, QC); Paul Midgley (London Aquatic Club, London ON); Joseph Nagy (Vancouver National Center, Vancouver, BC); Tom Rushton (UBC Dolphins, Vancouver BC)
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