Swimming Canada announced today its eight-member team for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games set for August 14-26 in Singapore with the swimming running from August 15-20.
The Canadian team members for the men are Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria – who is a native of Singapore - and was a double finalist at the junior Pan Pacific Championships last year in Guam; Chad Bobrosky of Calgary, a double gold medallist at the Youth Olympic Festival last year, as well as Thomas Jobin, also of Calgary, and Kyle McIntee, a dual Canadian-U.S., citizen who resides in Texas.
For the women it is Tera Van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., Lindsay Delmar of Calgary, Lauren Earp of Etobicoke, Ont., and Rachel Nicol of Lethbridge, Alta. Delmar and Earp have both competed in Australia and Van Beilen was a member of Canada’s Tri Nation team last season.
“The competition is going to be very fast,” said Ken McKinnon, Swimming Canada’s national junior coach. “All the major countries are sending really good athletes and small teams. And our group is very strong very well ranked and experienced at the international level.”
The Canadian team’s head coach for the Games is Neil Harvey of Victoria and the manager Betty El-Hawary of Halifax.
The Youth Olympics are for athletes 14-18 and is expected to attract more than 3,000 athletes in the same sports program that is set for the 2012 London Games.
Canadian swimming team for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games August 14-26 in Singapore.
Men: Jeremy Bagshaw, Victoria; Chad Bobrosky, Calgary; Thomas Jobin, Calgary; Kyle McIntee, Texas.
Women: Tera Van Beilen, Oakville, Ont.; Lindsay Delmar, Calgary; Lauren Earp, Etobicoke, Ont.; Rachel Nicol, Lethbridge, Alta.
Head coach: Neil Harvey, Victoria