Ben Titley Named Head Coach Of Canada’s Olympic Team

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Ben Titley has been chosen to lead Canada’s Olympic team through the 2016 Rio Olympic Games according to a report on CBC. While this will be his first time as the head coach, Titley is no stranger to the Olympic Games having been a part of Britain’s Olympic coaching staff in 2004, 2008, and 2012.

Titley was an instrumental part of leading Canada’s swimmers through the 2015 Pan American Games last summer and now boasts a talented team of swimmers ranging from the age of 15 to 32.

When talking to CBC Titley noted that,

It’s an honour. Obviously we’ve got very good young talent on both the men’s and women’s side. We’re shooting for medals and the best performances we can.

Of the 27 members that Canada is taking to the Olympics, 20 of them will be participating in their first Olympics ever. Penny Oleksiak, 15, is one of the newcomers after her breakout performance at the Olympic swimming trials in Toronto where she set a world junior and Canadian record of 53.31 in the women’s 100-meter free. Oleksiak is joined by fellow rookies Chantal van Landeghem, Sandrine Mainville, and Michelle Williams. All four are strong 100 freestylers and could make up Canada’s 4 x 100-meter free relay.

Swimming Canada and Titley also announced that team veterans Ryan Cochrane, two-time Olympic medalist, and Martha McCabe will serve as team captains throughout the Rio Games. Cochrane commented that,

We have an incredibly strong group of athletes, of all ages, competing in Rio this summer, and it’s an honour to be recognized as leader amongst such great people. Hopefully my experience at the Games will allow me to help our newer athletes deal with the pressures an Olympics inevitably brings. 

Full CBC article can be viewed here.