Swimming Canada announces 12 events in its full 2023-24 schedule
Swimming Canada announced on Wednesday a slate of 12 elite meets to fill the schedule for the 2023-24 seasons, all in preparation for the Paris Olympics.
The schedule is built around the 2023 Bell Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto, followed by the Olympic and Paralympic Trials in Montreal in 2024. This competition has been severely limited in 2021 due to COVID-19 requirements.
The Canadian calendar has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with Canadians being one of the last swimming nations to return to normal ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 2021. With the shake-up of the Worlds schedule in 2022, the release of the calendar on Wednesday offers a chance for normality for most of the next Olympic cycle.
“Providing appropriate competition is an important part of achieving our high performance and sport development goals,” Wayne LomasSwimming Canada Association High Performance Director, said in a press release. “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. We are especially excited to be heading to Montreal for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Trials, presented by Bell en route to the 2024 Paris Games. With our High Performance Center – Quebec program based there, in a city and pool with such a proud legacy, we know what an incredible event it will be.
In addition to the Speedo Junior and Senior Championships in Edmonton both years, the organization has added a Canadian Open event in April 2024 at the Pan Am Sports Center in Toronto. There are also plans to partner again with the Cayman Islands to host Canadian open water trials in April 2023 with a possible second event for the Paris qualifier in 2024.
Trials for the 2023 Worlds will take place in Toronto. Trials for the 2022 Worlds are set to begin next week in Victoria. This competition also serves as a selection for the Commonwealth Games.
“Swimming Canada appreciates the important contribution that volunteers, cities and our provincial partners have made to bring our key events to so many communities across the country,” said Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi. “We also thank the Government of Canada for its support through Sport Canada and Own the Podium. After a difficult few years full of cancellations, postponements and disappointments, we are delighted to be able to relaunch a full slate of national events for the next two years. Our athletes have shown such resilience and we look forward to cheering them on in the pool – and in the open water – as they pursue their goals.
- Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships – March 16-19, Windsor International Aquatic & Training Center
- Speedo Western Canadian Championships – March 16-19, Calgary Repsol Sport Center
- Bell Canadian Swimming Trials – March 28-April 2, Toronto Pan Am Sports Center
- Canadian Open Water Swimming Trials – April 15-16, Cayman Islands
- Speedo Canadian Masters Swimming Championships – May 26-28, Calgary Repsol Sport Center
- Speedo Junior and Senior Canadian Championships – July 31-August. 7 Kinsmen Sports Center Edmonton
- Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships – March 21-24, Quebec Université Laval PEPS
- Speedo Western Canadian Championships – March 21-24, Winnipeg Pan Am Pool
- Canadian Swimming Open – April 10-13, Toronto Pan Am Sports Center
- Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials, presented by Bell – May 14-19, Montreal Olympic Park
- Canadian Open Water Swim Trials – April 20-21, Cayman Islands (TBC)
- Speedo Canadian Masters Swimming Championships – May 24-26, Windsor International Aquatic & Training Center
- Speedo Canadian Junior and Senior Championships – August 8-15, Edmonton Kinsmen Sports Center