Canada’s swim team picked for Olympics

MONTREAL – Following six churning days of competition, the Canadian Olympic Committee has officially introduced the 31 swimmers who will be nominated to the 2012 national team.

“I’ve been working so hard after missing the cut in 2008,” said swimmer Burlington native Scott Dickens. “This time, I really wanted to embrace the moment and race the race I knew I could and make Canada’s Olympic Team. I have a great support team behind me and I’m confident that I will stand next to the world’s best and be competitive in London.”

Dickens, who qualified in the 100-metre breastroke and 200m breastroke events, is one of four swimmers from the Golden Horseshoe to make the team, and one of three from Burlington. Also from Burlington are Colin Russell, in 4x100m freestyle relays, and Sinead Russell, in the 100m backstroke. Oakville’s Tera Van Beilen goes to London to challenge in the 100m backstroke.

“Today is a key moment in the careers for these outstanding young athletes. Your hard work and dedication to excellence has earned a trip to the biggest stage in sport: the Olympic Games,” said Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut. “All of Canada is behind you as you live out your Olympic dreams. I know that each and every one of you will make us very proud.”

The team was selected at the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials, held in Montreal March 27 – April 1. The result of an historic partnership between the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Swimming Canada, the trials were the first ever officially branded Olympic Trials in Canada.