Swimming Canada Trials take over Saanich Commonwealth Place – Victoria News

The Bell Canadian Swimming Trials takes Greater Victoria by storm as competitors prepare for a busy summer of international competition.

More than 500 swimmers from 131 clubs across Canada are taking part in the six-day event, which kicked off Tuesday at Saanich Commonwealth Place.

At the trials, swimmers will be selected for Swimming Canada teams that will compete at the FINA World Championships in June in Hungary, the World Para Swimming Championships scheduled for June in Portugal and the Commonwealth Games in July in England.

Margaret Mac Neil is one of the competitors in the Saanich event. At only 21 years old, she is an Olympic champion and world champion in preparation for other world competitions.

“I’m just going to go and hope to swim as close to the best times as possible. This year, I haven’t really done a lot of long-course swimming. I was really excited to go from the short course to the long course and see what I can do this summer,” she said.

Tanna Giroux, mother of swimmer Calli Giroux, told Black Press Media she was delighted to see her daughter compete in the breaststroke event.

“She started swimming when she was 10, it’s eight years later now and it’s her last year swimming at the junior level,” she said. “I’m so proud of her, she’s ready to race and she’s here with some of Canada’s most decorated athletes and it’s really inspiring for the younger generations to see some of the older swimmers and be able to compete in their sides.”

Meanwhile, Paralympic medalists including Aurélie Rivard, Katarina Roxon and Danielle Dorris were in action during the trials.

“From a Paralympic program perspective, we just want to run,” said Wayne Lomas, the program’s national coach. “It’s exciting that this is the first time since 2019 that all of Canada’s top swimmers have raced together.”

For more information, visit swimmingcanada.ca.

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