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26 athletes named to World Aquatics Championships team bound for Doha

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OTTAWA – A squad of 26 Canadian swimmers is set to compete at the Doha 2024 World Aquatics Championships from Feb. 2-18. This will be the first international competition of the new year, with athletes setting their sights on the Olympic Games later in the season.

“We are delighted to announce our team for the World Championships in Doha, Qatar,” said Swimming Canada High Performance Director and National Coach John Atkinson. “The championships will provide a great opportunity for our selected athletes to race against some of the best athletes in the world early in the new year, and this will be very positive.”

Leading the team is three-time Olympian Katerine Savard of Montreal’s CAMO club, who will be competing at her 13th world championships (long course and short course combined). The versatile butterfly and freestyle swimmer made her long-course worlds debut in 2011, is one of 16 returnees from this summer’s worlds in Fukuoka, Japan.

“I’m super happy to represent Canada for another world championships,” said Savard. “Every competition is a new opportunity to test what I’m working on going towards Olympic trials. It will be my seventh [long course] world champs. I’ve been close to getting back into the Top 8 from last summer, and I’m hoping I can prove to myself that I can still be one of the best butterfly swimmers in the world.”

Sienna Angove, Ashley McMillan (HPC Ontario/Greater Ottawa), Laila Oravsky (Barrie Trojans), Sarah Fournier (CNQ), Antoine Sauvé (CAMO), Blake Tierney (HPC-Vancouver

/UBC Thunderbirds) will be making their world championships debuts. Raben Dommann (HPC Vancouver/UBC Thunderbirds), who swam open water at worlds in 2019, and Tessa Cieplucha, who has an the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and two short-course worlds under her belt, will also make their debuts in the world long-course pool.

Coming off a successful Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, where he won five medals (four bronze and one silver), Tierney hopes to build on his performances.

“I’m super excited and happy to be given the opportunity to represent Canada at my first world championships,” said Tierney. “I had a great time and learned a lot at Pan Ams and can’t wait to race for Canada again.”

Doha hosted the short-course world championships in 2014, and has been a stop during the World Cup tour.

More information about the championships and schedule can be found here.


Acevedo, Javier HPC Ontario / Ajax Swimming Ryan Mallette
Calkins, Stephen University of Calgary Swim Club Mike Blondal
Dergousoff, James HPC Vancouver Scott Talbot
Dommann, Raben HPC Vancouver / UBC Thunderbirds Scott Talbot
Fan, Hau-Li HPC Vancouver Scott Tlabot
Gagne, Collyn Simon Fraser Aquatics Liam Donnelly
Gaziev, Ruslan Etobicoke Swim Club Brian Schrader
Hedlin, Eric UVIC Pacific Coast Swimming Ryan Clouston
Knox, Finlay HPC Vancouver Scott Talbot
Sauvé, Antoine Camo Natation Claude St-Jean
Tierney, Blake HPC Vancouver / UBC Thunderbirds Scott Talbot
Wigginton, Lorne HPC Ontario Ryan Mallette
Angove, Sienna Unattached Canada Brent Arckey
Angus, Sophie HPC Ontario Ryan Mallette
Cieplucha, Tessa Markham Aquatic Club Matt Kredich
Fournier, Sarah CNQ Marc-André Pelletier
Finlin, Emma Edmonton Keyano Swim Club Paul Birmingham
Jansen, Ella HPC Ontario Ryan Mallette
McMillan, Ashley HPC Ontario / Greater Ottawa Ryan Mallette
O’Croinin, Emma HPC Vancouver/UBC Thunderbirds Scott Talbot
Oravsky, Laila Barrie Trojans Swim Club Endi Babi
Pickrem, Sydney Toronto Swim Club Jason Calanog
Ruck, Taylor
Savard, Katerine Camo Natation Greg Arkhurst
Smith, Rebecca Cascade Swim Club Dave Johnson
Wilm, Ingrid Cascade Swim Club Dave Johnson