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VICTORIA – Swimming Canada has announced Canada’s swimming team selected to compete at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

A total of 32 swimmers will represent the country in the Hungarian capital, including 18 female and 14 male athletes.

The pool and open water athletes qualified for Team Canada based on their performances at the Bell Canadian Swimming Trials at Saanich Commonwealth Place this week in Victoria.

“I’m really looking forward to the summer,” said Kylie Masse of the High Performance Centre – Ontario, who won all three backstroke events and the 50-m butterfly at Trials.

The world championships are scheduled for June 18-July 3, with pool swimming running the first eight days, followed by open water competition. Masse, the two-time defending world champion in the 100-m backstroke, is also among those nominated to the Commonwealth Games team later this month. She also holds the Commonwealth titles in the 100 and 200 back.

“It will be a challenge with two big international meets but regardless I’m always excited to race and really looking forward to getting the national team together and seeing what we can do,” Masse said.

Masse is one of 17 team members with previous long-course world championships experience. That includes medallists Javier Acevedo, Eric Hedlin, Yuri Kisil, Maggie Mac Neil, Penny Oleksiak, Sydney Pickrem, Taylor Ruck, Kayla Sanchez and Rebecca Smith. The 14 rookies include Olympians Katrina Bellio, Tessa Cieplucha, Ruslan Gaziev, Finlay Knox, and Summer McIntosh, who looks to be a force to be reckoned with after winning four events at Trials (200 and 400-m freestyle, 200-m butterfly and 400-m individual medley.)

“I think it will be awesome, that’s the beauty of sport,” Masse said. “Having fresh new faces mixed with people that have years of experience is so powerful for learning in both directions. I’m really looking forward to welcoming fresh faces and also getting to know my current teammates even more.”Swimming Canada High Performance Director and National Coach John Atkinson was pleased with the performances he saw at Trials, which included multiple Canadian records.

“Trials are always exciting and seeing the performances through the week shows the athletes are in a great position leading into the summer championships, to work with their coaches to build and improve at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games,” said Atkinson.

A total of 23 swimmers have been nominated to the Commonwealth Games team due to the different selection criteria for the two events. The full Commonwealth Games team will be ratified later this month in partnership with Commonwealth Sport Canada, after the Paralympic program nominees for the team are confirmed.

“With our athletes we have a great blend of experience and new additions to both our World Championships teams for the pool and open water, and this with the Commonwealth Games will now provide a great racing opportunity this summer when improvement and progression can follow,” Atkinson said.

Swimming Canada Senior Coach and HPC-Vancouver Interim Head Coach Martyn Wilby will be head coach of both teams, joined by HPC-Ontario Interim Head Coach Ryan Mallette, Linda Kiefer of University of Toronto Varsity Blues and Greg Arkhurst, head coach of Montreal’s CAMO club, at both events. Rounding out the pool team coaching staff for the FINA World Championships will be Abderrahmane Tissira of Simon Fraser Aquatics and Vlastimil Cerny of University of Manitoba Bisons. The Open Water Head Coach at worlds will be Swimming Canada Distance/Open Water Coach Mark Perry, joined by Paul Birmingham of Edmonton Keyano Swim Club and HPC-Vancouver Assistant Coach Mandy Bell. Rob Novak of Etobicoke Swimming will round out the coaching staff at Commonwealth Games, while UBC Thunderbirds Assistant Coach Sierra Moores will attend staging camp as an assistant through the Commonwealth Games Canada Internship.

“In all we will be appointing 11 different coaches to our senior national teams this summer. This is great recognition to the coaches appointed and to their clubs, as well as providing great opportunities for our coaches to develop. This is a key strategy for Swimming Canada and it will continue,” Atkinson said.

While most of the coaches are veterans of one or more senior international events, Atkinson also highlighted senior national team newcomers Novak and Tissira. Both completed the UBC one year Graduate Certificate in High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership aimed at helping coaches to provide the highest quality of athlete programming. The graduate certificate ladders into a Masters degree at UBC assisting coaches in their professional credentials. As part of this project they undertook mentoring with Swimming Canada. Both have also participated in Swimming Canada’s Select Coaches Group, and Tissira was part of the staff at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships as an apprentice coach.

“It is really pleasing to see them develop in their coaching and making the FINA World Championships senior team this year in a coaching capacity with their athletes,” Atkinson said.

Full team lists:

FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – POOL

ClubCoachLast Name/First Name/
  Nom de famillePrénom
MACMiller, AndrewAcevedoJavier
UNCANRobinson, KatieAngusSophie
ISCSzaranek, JohnBagshawJeremy
ESWIMNovak, RobBellioKatrina
MACKredich, Matt CiepluchaTessa
ULParadis, PatrickDergousoffJames
UNCANAitken, RonDunfordAbby
SFATissira, AbderrahamaneGagneCollyn
ESWIMBowe, MattGazievRuslan
CAMOArkhurst, GregHarveyMary-Sophie
PCSCGangloff, MarkHusseyPatrick
WSMallette, RyanKisilYuri
SCARMallette, RyanKnoxFinlay
NYACMallette, RyanLiendoJoshua
LACBottom, MikeMacNeilMaggie
TSCMallette, RyanMasseKylie
ESWIMMallette, RyanMcIntoshSummer
UCSCBlondal, MikeNicolRachel
TSCMallette, RyanOleksiakPenny
TSCMallette, RyanPickremSydney
SCARMeehan, GregRuckTaylor
AACMallette, RyanSanchezKayla
CAMOArkhurst, GregSavardKaterine
UCSCBlondal, MikeSmithRebecca
UCSCBlondal. MikeStokesRichie
CASCJohnson, DaveWilmIngrid
UMCerny, VlastimilWogKelsey

STAFF

John Atkinson – Team Leader

Iain McDonald – Asst Team Leader & IST Lead

Jan Hanan – Team Manager 

Martyn Wilby – Head Coach 

Ryan Mallette – Team Coach

Greg Arkhurst – Team Coach

Abderrahamane Tissira – Team Coach 

Vlastimil Cerny – Team Coach 

Linda Kiefer – Team Coach 

Tom Vandenbogaerde – Performance Scientist

Johnny Fuller – Physical Performance

Rick Pelletier – Massage Therapy

Suzanne Maroney – Massage Therapy

Ron Mattison – Physiotherapy

Graham Olson – Video Analysis

Dr Steve Keeler – Physician

Nathan White – Media Attache

FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – OPEN WATER

ClubCoachLast Name/First Name/
  Nom de famillePrénom
MACBaker, SeanAxonAlex
ESWIMNovak, RobBellioKatrina
PCSCGingras, MartinBrownEric
UNCANAitken, RonDunfordAbby
UBCTWilby, MartynFanHau Li
EKSCBirmingham, PaulFinlinEmma
UVPCSClousten, RyanHedlinEric

STAFF

John Atkinson – Team Leader

Iain McDonald – Asst Team Leader & IST Lead

Cynthia Pincott – Team Manager

Jan Hanan – Team Manager 

Mark Perry – Head Coach 

Paul Birmingham- Team Coach

Mandy Bell – Team Coach 

Tom Vandenbogaerde – Performance Scientist

Nathan Skirrow – Massage Therapy

Graham Olson – Video Analysis

Dr Rob Brunelle – Physician

Nathan White – Media Attache

COMMONWEALTH GAMES NOMINEES – OLYMPIC PROGRAM*

ClubCoachLast Name/First Name/
  Nom de famillePrénom
MACMiller, AndrewAcevedoJavier
UNCANRobinson, KatieAngusSophie
ISCSzaranek, JohnBagshawJeremy
ESWIMNovak, RobBellioKatrina
PCSCGingras, MartinBrownEric
MACKredich, Matt CiepluchaTessa
ULParadis, PatrickDergousoffJames
SFATissira, AbderrahamaneGagneCollyn
ESWIMBowe, MattGazievRuslan
CAMOArkhurst, GregHarveyMary-Sophie
PCSCGangloff, MarkHusseyPatrick
ESWIMNovak, RobJansenElla
WSMallette, RyanKisilYuri
SCARMallette, RyanKnoxFinlay
NYACMallette, RyanLiendoJoshua
LACBottom, MikeMacNeilMaggie
TSCMallette, RyanMasseKylie
ESWIMMallette, RyanMcIntoshSummer
TSCMallette, RyanOleksiakPenny
TSCMallette, RyanPickremSydney
AACMallette, RyanSanchezKayla
CAMOArkhurst, GregSavardKaterine
UCSCBlondal, MikeSmithRebecca

STAFF

John Atkinson – Team Leader

Iain McDonald – Asst Team Leader & IST Lead

Cynthia Pincott – Team Manager

Martyn Wilby – Head Coach 

Ryan Mallette – Team Coach

Greg Arkhurst – Team Coach

Rob Novak – Team Coach

Linda Kiefer – Team Coach

Sierra Moores – Assistant Coach – Staging – Commonwealth Games Canada Internship Coach

Tom Vandenbogaerde – Performance Scientist

Johnny Fuller – Physical Performance

Remo Bucci – Massage Therapy

Ron Castro – Massage Therapy

Meghan Buttle – Physiotherapy

Graham Olson – Video Analysis

Dr Sara Forsyth (staging only) – Physician

*Full team announcement is expected later this month when Paralympic program nominees are r