Swimming. Canada’s Olympic delegation trains in Caen

The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic delegation is training at the Stade Nautique de Caen from July 18 to 24, 2022. ©Clémence Pille

Since July 18, 2022, the national swimming team of the Canada set up its preparation camp for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 au SEugène-Maës nautical stadium at Caen (Calvados). The delegation is currently preparing for the Commonwealth Games which will take place in Birmingham (United Kingdom) from July 28 to August 8, 2022. The City of Caen and the Nautical Stadium are hosting the training sessions of the forty-nine swimmers of the Canadian delegation until the 24 July 2022.

The Canadian high level invites itself to Caen

From July 18 to 24, 2022, forty-nine Canadian swimmers are fine-tuning their preparation for the Commonwealth Games in the 50m outdoor pool at the Stade Nautique de Caen. Among the athletes present, the young Summer McIntosh who, at only 15 years old, won her first world championship titles in Budapest in June 2022, in the 200m butterfly and 400m medley.

At the end of this week of sharpening, the Canadian delegation will fly to Birmingham to compete in the Commonwealth Games. This Caen immersion allows Canadian swimmers to familiarize themselves with the pool that will be their training camp in 2024 before the Paris Games.

Caen and Normandy, rear bases for the Paris 2024 Games

The reception of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic delegation highlights the ties forged between Normandy and Canada since the Second World War. Aristide Olivier, deputy mayor of sports at the City of Caen is delighted with this welcome:

It is a chance to welcome this great nation on our territory, because we have an important history with it. This fulfills the objectives set in terms of sports policy in Caen, in order to engage the City in the Paris 2024 approach.

The Normandy Region is committed to a process of promoting a “regional network of major facilities”. To do this, the community is approaching other international delegations by offering them its regional infrastructures to prepare as closely as possible for the Paris 2024 Games. The national gymnastics delegation of Canada has already chosen Normandy and the town of Sotteville to prepare for the Games of Commonwealth.

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“Caen offers an ideal environment to perform”

We chose the Caen Nautical Stadium for its infrastructure, i.e. a 25m and 50m pool, and a nearby weight room (at the Hélitas stadium, editor’s note). In addition, the city of Caen offers us an environment that is both friendly and calm, so athletes can concentrate on their performance.

John Atkinson, High Performance Director and Canadian National Team Coach
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The nautical stadium was chosen by the Canadian delegation for the quality of its infrastructure (50m outdoor and 25m indoor pool). © Caen the sea

The Caen complex renovated in 2017 seems to delight Canadian swimmers who have come to prepare for their next international event.

Here we have the resources to tweak details that can make a big difference once in competition. The atmosphere and the infrastructures of Caen allow a good approach so that the whole team feels good.

Nicolas Guy-Turbide, 2022 world champion in the 100m backstroke in the S13 category

A training session by the Canadian delegation will be open to the public on Saturday July 23, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Stade Nautique de Caen.

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