Seven named to Swimming Canada's Athlete Advisory Council

OTTAWA - Ryan Cochrane (ISC and Victoria-HPC) of Victoria and Martha McCabe of Toronto were among seven national team members named today to Swimming Canada's athlete advisory council.

Joining Cochrane and McCabe on the council are Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., Tera Van Beilen (UBCD and Vancouver-HPC) of Oakville, Ont., Gamal Assaad of Mississauga, Ont., as well as Para-swimmers Adam Purdy of London Ont. and Camille Bérubé of Gatineau, Que.

The purpose of the council is to represent the national team swimmers in an effort to further the objectives of Swimming Canada. The council provides input on matters related to the senior national teams (Olympic and Paralympic) on issues such as national team and evaluation processes, anti-doping education and sponsorship.

"The athlete council is very important for Swimming Canada," said Ahmed El-Awadi, Swimming Canada's CEO. "They provide guidance with valuable input and advice. We look forward to working with the new council to meet our objectives in the strategic plan. We appreciate their dedication in and out of the pool."

Cochrane is one of the most decorated Canadian swimmers of all time. In addition to his two Olympic medals, Cochrane’s silver medal in the 1,500-metre freestyle at the 2013 FINA World Championships gave him six for his world championships career, the most all-time for a Canadian.

McCabe swam into the world’s elite with a bronze-medal performance at the 2011 World Championships, followed by a fifth-place finish at her first Olympics in London in 2012. She's remained a force on the national and international scenes ever since.

Horner made a strong comeback to swim at her second Olympics in 2012. After Beijing, Horner had a few setbacks in the pool and was absent from international competition until making the 2011 Worlds Team for Shanghai. She is setting her sights on a third Olympics in Rio.

Van Beilen, a 2012 Olympian, continued to shine in 2014 qualifying for the Canadian teams for the Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific Championships and FINA World Championships (25m), the three most important events for Canadian swimmers this season.

Assaad is one of Canada's top young swimmers. At age 19, the butterfly specialist made his first national senior team in 2014 and competed at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships.

Purdy, a three-time Paralympian returned to the Para-swimming national scene for the first time in eight years in 2014. He earned a spot on the Canadian team for the Para Pan Pacific Championships in Pasadena, Calif., where he won silver in the 50-m backstroke.

Bérubé lowered her Canadian record in the 100-m backstroke in the S8 classification for the eighth time in five years in 2014 at the Para Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. In addition, Bérubé used her backstroke skills to lead off Canada’s bronze medal performance in the 4x100-m medley relay at the Para Pan Pacs.