MONTREAL – Diving Canada is pleased to announce its national team that will represent the country at the 2008 Maple Leaf Simply Fresh Canada Cup taking place May 1-4 at the Olympic Pool in Montreal.
The team features 2003 world champion and double Olympic medallist Emilie Heymans, as well as two-time world one-metre medalist and Olympic medallist Blythe Hartley.
Also on the team is 2005 world championship 10m synchro bronze medallists and 2006 World Cup bronze medallists Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion. Marie-Ève Marleau, who joined with Heymans to win a silver medal in the 10m synchro event at the recent FINA World Cup in Beijing, is also headlining the team.
“This is an exceptionally strong Canadian team that features veteran athletes at the very peak of their careers, as well as strong up-and-comers who will soon be called on to fill the shoes of diving stars who will be retiring after the Olympic Games,” say Diving Canada chief technical officer Mitch Geller.
As host nation, Canada has the benefit of being able to field a team twice the size of teams that it sends to other FINA international competitions.
“This allows our veteran divers to mentor our younger athletes as they are introduced to the international scene,” adds Geller.
Up-and-coming divers to watch for include Jennifer Abel, who distinguished herself as being among the most powerful springboard divers in the world at the recent World Cup, as well as Reuben Ross who recently qualified an Olympic spot for Canada by finishing second in the hotly-contested 3m Olympic qualification event.
The team was made public today at a special media conference in Montreal to announce a new major sponsorship agreement between Diving Canada and Maple Leaf Consumer Foods.
The competition schedule and complete team bios are available at the official website of the 2008 Maple Leaf Simply Fresh Canada Cup at canadacup.diving.ca.
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