Victoria will play host to Swimming Canada’s flagship domestic event for the second straight year.
Island Swimming is the host club as the Canadian Swimming Trials return to Saanich Commonwealth Place this week.
It’s a fitting venue for the trials, which will serve as the selection meet for this summer’s Commonwealth Games on the 20th anniversary of the Games that were held in Victoria. Swimming Canada will also select its senior national team for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, as well as multiple junior teams.
The meet brings the best Canadian swimmers from across the country to Victoria for four days of competition. Some of Island Swimming’s biggest names such as Ryan Cochrane, Hilary Caldwell, Eric Hedlin, Alec Page and Will Brothers will be in action, as will other Canadian stars including Brittany MacLean, Martha McCabe, Katerine Savard and Noemie Thomas. Over the course of four days spectators will have an excellent opportunity to experience some of Canada’s best swimming up close.
In total 503 swimmers from 104 clubs are expected to compete, including swimmers from nine Canadian provinces and visiting athletes from Ireland, Israel, Slovenia and Hungary.
Morning heats begin at 10 a.m. each day, with evening finals sessions at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at a price of $5 for heats, $10 for finals, or $40 for a four-day pass to all sessions. Special 25 per cent discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available through Island Swimming at firstname.lastname@example.org.