On Monday, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Diving Plongeon Canada named the six athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in diving at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.
The six athletes selected include the FAB IV – Jennifer Abel (London 2012 bronze medallist), Meaghan Benfeito (London 2012 bronze medallist), Roseline Filion (London 2012 bronze medallist) and Pamela Ware (three-time world championship medallist) - as well as rising stars Vincent Riendeau (2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist) and Philippe Gagné (three-time TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games medallist). The team is coached by Aaron Dziver, César Henderson, Yihua Li and Arturo Miranda.
There is still a possibility that DPC will secure a second spot in the men’s 3-metre and 10-metre individual events, depending on the overall number of quota positions still available once all countries have confirmed their final entries with FINA later this month. Thereby, Maxim Bouchard (six-time national champion) and François Imbeau-Dulac (TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games medallist) have been named as alternates for Rio 2016.
The athletes earned their Olympic nominations through their performances at various competitions, including the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games, the 2015 FINA World Championships, the 2016 FINA Diving World Cup in Rio, the FINA/NVC World Series, the FINA Diving Grand Prix, and Diving Plongeon Canada’s Olympic Trials, which took place this past Saturday in Toronto.
So far this year, these six divers have combined to win 37 international medals at seven competitions, including six gold, 19 silver and 12 bronze. With their competitive season currently on break, the team will focus solely on training until the Games. Olympic preparation camps are scheduled in Rome, Italy, in June, and in Brasilia City, Brazil, in July. In between those two camps, the team will continue training at the National Sport Institute in Montreal and at the outdoor facility at Parc Jean-Drapeau to best prepare for the conditions they will face in Rio.
Diving events at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre from August 7 to 20 and will feature eight events: women’s and men’s 3-metre synchro, 10-metre synchro, 3-metre individual and 10-metre individual.
At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.
The diving team which will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:
Name / Hometown / Event
Jennifer Abel / Laval, QC / Women’s 3m; Women’s 3m synchro
Meaghan Benfeito / Laval, QC / Women’s 10m; Women’s 10m synchro
Roseline Filion / Laval, QC / Women’s 10m; Women’s 10m synchro
Philippe Gagné / Ville de Mont-Royal, QC / Men’s 3m
Vincent Riendeau / 19 Pointe-Claire, QC / Men’s 10m
Pamela Ware / Greenfield Park, QC / Women’s 3m; Women’s 3m synchro
National Team Coach - Aaron Dziver, Terrebonne, QC
National Team Coach - César Henderson, Brossard, QC
National Team Coah - Yihua Li, Pointe-Claire, QC
National Team Coach - Arturo Miranda, Montreal, QC
Prior to being named to the final Canadian Rio 2016 Team, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Federations.
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