TORONTO –Swimming Canada announced its team for the 2019 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships at the conclusion of the Canadian Swimming Trials.
A team of 19 swimmers (10 males, 9 females) will represent Canada at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, which take place August 20-25 in Budapest, Hungary.
Ken McKinnon, Swimming Canada National Development Team Coach, said the team heading to the Championships has plenty of medal potential.
“There are a few more boys poised in the medal hunt than there are women at this point of time. We have a really good, strong group of boys we have been exposing to different specific, challenging training camps. We are starting to see a little bit of a payoff,” said McKinnon, who will be the team leader. “Our women are always traditionally strong so we expect they will rise to the occasion.”
The FINA World Junior Swimming Championships have been a launching pad for many top Canadian athletes. Double Olympic medallist Taylor Ruck is the most decorated ever athlete with 13 medals at the World Junior Swimming Championships. One year before winning four medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Penny Oleksiak broke onto the scene winning six medals at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.
This year many of the athletes heading to Budapest have their sights set on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
“There are a handful that are seriously taking a shot at Tokyo 2020,” said McKinnon. “Whether they will have an impact in terms of medals, maybe not, but Paris probably.”
The first FINA World Juniors were held in 2006. The competition is important for the development of both swimmers and coaches.
“We always have a staging camp,” said McKinnon. “For coaches to have that experience is really important.
“For the swimmers, by the time they get to the senior team, they know the ropes. We mirror the policies and behaviours of the senior team, so they’ve seen it all before.”
Canada won 15 medals at the 2017 edition of the world juniors, highlighted by a relay sweep by the women’s team and five World Junior records.
The full team lists are below:
|Name / Nom||Club||Coach / Entraineur||Hometown / Ville natale|
|Bernard, Graysen||Toronto Swim Club||O’Toole, Bill||Toronto, ON|
|Gallant, Jacob||Fredericton Aquanaut Swim Team||Belsh, Marta||Fredericton, NB|
|Knox, Finlay||Okotoks Mavericks Swimming||Melton, Todd||Okotoks, AB|
|LeBuke, James||Columbia Shuswap Selkirks||Healey, John Barry||Revelstoke, BC|
|Liendo, Joshua||North York Aquatic Club||Drudge, Murray||Toronto, ON|
|Mastromatteo, Gabe||Kenora Swimming Sharks||Hyslop, Janet||Kenora, ON|
|Milanovich, Alexander||Etobicoke Swimming||Thorburn, Kevin||Toronto, ON|
|Pratt, Cole||Cascade Swim Club||Johnson, David||Calgary, AB|
|Somerset, Sebastian||Cascade Swim Club||Johnson, Dave||Calgary, AB|
|Wall, Tyler||Kisu Swim Club||Hoeben, Tina||Penticton, BC|
|Bellio, Katrina||Etobicoke Swimming||Thorburn, Kevin||Mississauga, ON|
|Douthwright, Brooklyn||Codiac Vikings Aquatic Club||Melanson, Melanie||Riverview, NB|
|Hannah, Jade||Island Swimming Club||Mallette, Ryan||Halifax, NS|
|Henderson, Hanna||Etobicoke Swimming||Titley, Ben||Mississauga, ON|
|Herbert, Bailey||Langley Olympians Swim Club||Metcalfe, Brian||Surrey, BC|
|McMillan, Ashley||Kisu Swim Club||Hoeben, Tina||Penticton, BC|
|O’Croinin, Emma||Edmonton Keyano Swim Club||Birmingham, Paul||Edmonton, AB|
|Sasseville, Genevieve||Chatham Y Pool Sharks||Burton, Don||Chatham, ON|
|Wiseman, Avery||Olympian Swim Club||Serediak, Lesley||Edmonton, AB|