OTTAWA – Swimming Canada is pleased to announce its full slate of event host locations for 2023 and 2024 national events.
The schedule includes at least 12 competitions across eight locations, highlighted by 2023 Bell Canadian Swimming Trials at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, and the return of Olympic and Paralympic Trials, presented by Bell to the Montreal Olympic Park for 2024.
The unique international competition calendar caused by the rescheduling of events due to the global COVID-19 pandemic will also see some variations to the national calendar. This includes two more editions of a combined Speedo Junior and Senior Championships, both in Edmonton, and the addition of a new Canadian Open in April 2024 at TPASC. In addition, Swimming Canada plans to relaunch its partnership with the Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association to offer Canadian Open Water Trials in April 2023 and possibly 2024.
“Providing appropriate competition is an important part of us achieving our high performance and sport development goals. We are fortunate that, from east to west, there are so many high quality community facilities, and willing partners who want to support our swimmers and our sport,” said Associate High Performance Director Wayne Lomas.
“We are particularly excited to be heading to Montreal for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Trials, presented by Bell on the road to the Paris 2024 Games,” Lomas added. “With our High Performance Centre – Quebec program based there, in a city and pool with such a proud legacy, we know what an amazing event it will be.”
Meanwhile, the 2023 Trials for the FINA World Championships and World Para Swimming Championships will be held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. TPASC, which has hosted multiple Trials since opening for the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games, will also host the 2024 Canadian Open.
“This meet will provide an additional quality racing opportunity in Canada, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of TPASC, which has been such a great high performance partner to Swimming Canada over the past decade,” Lomas added.
The full schedule is as follows:
Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships – March 16-19, 2023 – Windsor (Ont.) International Aquatic & Training Centre
Speedo Western Canadian Championships – March 16-19, 2023 – Calgary Repsol Sport Centre
Bell Canadian Swimming Trials – March 28-April 2.2023 – Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
Canadian Open Water Swimming Trials – April 15-16, 2023 – Cayman Islands
Speedo Canadian Masters Swimming Championships – May 26-28, 2023 – Calgary Repsol Sport Centre
Speedo Canadian Junior and Senior Championships – July 31-Aug. 7, 2023 – Edmonton Kinsmen Sports Centre
Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships – March 21-24, 2024 – Quebec City Laval University PEPS
Speedo Western Canadian Championships – March 21-24, 2024 – Winnipeg Pan Am Pool
Canadian Swimming Open – April 10-13, 2024 – Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials, presented by Bell – May 14-19, 2024 – Montreal Olympic Park
Canadian Open Water Swimming Trials – April 20-21, 2024 – Cayman Islands (to be confirmed)
Speedo Canadian Masters Swimming Championships – May 24-26, 2024 – Windsor (Ont.) International Aquatic & Training Centre
Speedo Canadian Junior and Senior Championships – Aug. 8-15, 2024 – Edmonton Kinsmen Sports Centre
“Swimming Canada is appreciative of the significant contribution that volunteers, cities and our provincial partners have made in bringing our key events to so many communities across the country,” said CEO Ahmed El-Awadi. “We also thank the Government of Canada for its support through Sport Canada and Own the Podium.”
“After a difficult couple of years full of cancellations, postponements and disappointments, we are thrilled to be able to relaunch a full slate of national events for the next two years. Our athletes have shown so much resilience and we can’t wait to cheer them on in the pool – and in open water – as they continue to pursue their goals.”
Meanwhile, Canadian swimmers are getting ready for this year’s Bell Canadian Swimming Trials, set for April 5-10 in Victoria to select teams for this summer’s world championships and Commonwealth Games.