The Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials will return to the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in 2028, Swimming Canada announced today.
TPASC hosted the Trials in 2016, and again in 2021 after the 2020 event was postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The seven-day fully integrated meet is scheduled for June 2-8, 2028, and will serve as Swimming Canada’s main selection meet for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“It is great that Swimming Canada continues to be well planned and prepared, as we focus on the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also have a well-structured strategy to the 2028 Games in LA,” said Swimming Canada High Performance Director and National Coach John Atkinson.
Swim Ontario led the bid to bring the event back for 2028, in the world-class pool that has hosted the 2015 Pan American Games and multiple other national and international events, including last year’s Canadian Swimming Trials and Swimming World Cup, both of which saw world record performances.
“In a relatively short period of time TPASC has already hosted many fantastic swimming moments and been a part of history. It is a fantastic legacy of the 2015 Pan Am Games, and we are thrilled to be back here on our road to LA for our 2028 Olympic and Paralympic team trials,” Atkinson said.
“Swim Ontario is pleased to partner with Swimming Canada and the great community of Ontario volunteers and officials to host the 2028 Trials at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre,” added Swim Ontario CEO Dean Boles. “TPASC continues to provide an environment to earn success due to world-class people working together at a world-class facility here in Toronto.”
Swimming Canada expects to announce its full slate of 2025-2028 event dates and host locations in early 2024. This includes the annual Trials in non-Olympic/Paralympic years, Canadian Open, Masters championships, Open Water Festival, and Ken Demchuk International Invitational.
After the request for proposals closed at the end of September, Swimming Canada reviewed the bids and is working to finalize the event calendar. Swimming Canada is extending the deadline for expressions of interest to host the new short-course (25m) national championships, and will continue to accept bids until Dec. 31. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Jocelyn Jay at [email protected]
“TPASC and Swim Ontario continue to be great partners and we look forward to continuing our work together in the coming years,” said Jocelyn Jay, acting associate director, sport development. “Local organizing committees, officials and volunteers provide so much value to hosting our events. We continue to communicate with our potential hosts and we are looking forward to working with them in the next quadrennial.”
Meanwhile, Canada’s top swimmers are working towards the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Trials, Presented by Bell. Teams for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be selected from that meet May 13-19 at the Montreal Olympic Park pool.