MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada, May 15. THE national governing body for competitive swimming, Swimming Canada, announced today a partnership with l'Universite de Montreal's high performance sport program. The partnership between the two entities will offer Montreal based high performance swimmers an environment to excel in both academic and athletic avenues via the National Training Centre located in Montreal and the University.
Centre based athletes that pursue their academic growth at l'Universite de Montreal will benefit from a joint training program and facilities which will allow them to facilitate their schedules. Also, these athletes will have the opportunity to compete at the CIS level for the Carabins. Universite de Montreal swimmers will have the opportunity to train side by side with some of Canada's best swimmers and gain valuable experience.
"Building a partnership with l'Universite de Montreal in support of our national program will help move Canadian swimming to a higher competitive level," said Pierre Lafontaine, CEO and National Coach for Swimming Canada. "The University swim program is an integral part of Swimming Canada's mandate in developing competitive national and international athletes. Academic and athletic excellence go hand in hand in creating great athletes."
"With this partnership, l'Universite de Montreal is sending a clear message that the best swimmers based in Montreal can also pursue their academic development at this esteemed institution," said Manon Simard, Athletic Director at l'UdeM.
During the following weeks, a Head Coach nomination processes for the UdeM Carabins will be executed by l'UdeM, Swimming Canada and la Federation de natation du Quebec. This individual will have the opportunity to receive mentorship from the Montreal National Centre Head coach.
"Les Carabins have reached the stage in their expansion where they are ready to take on a stronger role in developing high performance swimmers. We have a mandate to support athletes at every level and this partnership with Swimming Canada will help us to provide quality services to high performance swimmers who which to pursue their academic endeavours," added Manon Simard, who is also a national swim team alumni.
By sharing expertise with Swimming Canada, l'UdeM will additionally supplement its services to athletes representing various clubs across the province. Club affiliation is an important characteristic of the Carabins swim program and athletes will continue to have the option of representing their respective club.
About Swimming Canada
Swimming Canada serves as the national governing body of competitive swimming. Swimming Canada's vision of Swimming to Win; Winning for Life! reflects the lifelong attributes of the sport. The federation comprises 75,000 members and 400 swim clubs across the country. Canadians are global leaders in high performance swimming and development for both able-bodied swimmers and swimmers with a disability. Swimming is recognized as one of the most celebrated and successful Canadian summer Olympic sports. For more information on Swimming Canada, its activities and programs please visit www.swimming.ca.
About les Carabins de l'Universite de Montreal
The Carabins' varsity sports program regroups over 300 athletes that study at the University of Montreal or in either of its two affiliate schools, HEC Montreal and l'Ecole Polytechnique, while performing in one of these sports: badminton, football, golf, women's hockey, swimming, alpine skiing, soccer, tennis and volleyball.
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