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After the Centre was shut down for three months in the spring of 2020, one of the first High Performance groups allowed to return to Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC)...

After the Centre was shut down for three months in the spring of 2020, one of the first High Performance groups allowed to return to Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) for training by the Ontario government, with additional health and safety measures in place, was Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre – Ontario (HPC-Ontario). 

Regaining access to the TPASC Competition Pool, and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) located at the Centre, allowed the HPC-O swimmers to return to a regular training schedule throughout the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. The result was ten HPC-O athletes swimming their way to nomination to the Canadian Olympic team at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials, Presented by Bell that were held at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre from June 19-23.  

Tokyo Olympic Swimmers Training at Pan Am Centre 

No Dream is bigger than the Olympics for a swimmer. The ten swimmers that have spent the better portion of the last four five years preparing for that Olympic dream at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre were able to secure their spot in Tokyo at their home pool.  

HPC-O swimmers Yuri KisilFinlay KnoxJosh LiendoKylie MasseSummer McIntoshPenny OleksiakSydney PickremTaylor RuckKayla Sanchez, and Rebecca Smith all secured their selection on the Canadian Olympic team at the Trials event. They will be joined in Tokyo by HPC-Ontario Head Coach Ben Titley and Associate Head Coach Ryan Mallette who were both selected as members of the Canadian team’s coaching staff. Johnny Fuller, Swimming Canada’s Manager of Paramedical Services who is also based at TPASC, will be part of the Canadian Olympic Swimming Team’s medical staff as an athletic therapist. 

In addition to the HPC-Ontario athletes a number of Ontario based swimmers were also able to take advantage of the High Performance exemption at the TPASC Competition Pool and train for Olympic Trials resulting in Olympic Team selection. London’s Margaret Mac Neil split time training with HPC-Ontario at TPASC and competing for the University of Michigan throughout 2020-21.  Tessa CiepluchaRuslan Gaziev, and Gabe Mastromatteo all trained at TPASC with their various coaches to prepare for Olympic Trials as well.

Swimming Canada High Performance Center-Ontario Olympic Team Selections 




Yuri Kisil

Calgary, Alta.


Finlay Knox

Okotoks, Alta.


Josh Liendo

Toronto, Ont.


Kylie Masse

LaSalle, Ont.


Summer McIntosh

Toronto, Ont.


Penny Oleksiak

Toronto, Ont.


Sydney Pickrem

Halifax, N.S.


Taylor Ruck

Kelowna, B.C.


Kayla Sanchez

Toronto, Ont.


Rebecca Smith

Red Deer, Alta.





Head Coach: HPC-Ontario

Ben Titley 

Associate Head Coach: HPC-Ontario

Ryan Mallette

Manager of Paramedical Services

Johnny Fuller

Records Fall and New Stars Emerge at Trials  

The Competition Pool at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is considered one of the fastest pools in the world. The Olympic Trials added to that reputation with three HPC-O swimmers breaking Canadian Records. 

Liendo, who began swimming at the TPASC Competition Pool as part of the North York Aquatic Club, set a new record in the men’s 100-m butterfly with a time of 51.40. World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist Masse set a new record in the women’s 100-m backstroke with a time of 57.70.  In the men’s 200-m individual medley Knox set a new Canadian record of 1:58.07. 

The surprise of the meet was 14-year-old McIntosh who put the swimming world on notice winning the 200m Free and 800m Free events.

Olympic Trials Version 2.3 

After more than a year of delays the Canadian Swimming Trials finally took place at TPASC 445 days after the original scheduled date. The original Olympic Trials event was scheduled for March 30, 2020, and they were postponed three more times during 2021 before they finally began on June 19, 2021.  

The staff at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre along with partners Swim Ontario and Swimming Canada started working on a new plan to host the Trials the day after the original Trials were postponed with the new reality of COVID-19. After formulating plans and reformulating plans on multiple occasions it is a testament to the commitment of all the organizations involved that the 2021 version of the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials was such a success.

Olympic Trials By The Numbers 

838 – Grab and go meals for staff

2163 – Number of daily antigen tests administered to participants

1,000,001 – Sanitizing wipes purchased

30/03/2020 – Original start date

3 – Times the Trials were postponed

19/06/2021 – Actual start date

445 – Days between the original start date and actual start date

3 – Canadian Records broken

10 – Number of returning Olympic team members nominated

16 – First-time Olympic team members (including two open water swimmers)

20 – Junior athletes that made event finals

37 – Age of Brent Hayden, oldest team member

4 – Olympic teams Hayden has been named to

1,900 – Days since Hayden last made an Olympic team

14 – Age of Summer McIntosh, youngest team member

3 – Number of medals Hayden won at the Commonwealth Games in 2006, the year McIntosh was born

5 – McIntosh’s age when Hayden won 100-m freestyle bronze at the London 2012 Olympics

762 – Competitors at the Rio 2016 Olympic Trials

184 – Competitors at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Trials

0 – In-person fans watching the Trials

26 – Families connected through the Bell Fam Cam and Bell First Call promotions

2230 – Cheers submitted through Cheer On campaign

46 – Club banners hung from the stands

340 – Speedo physical distancing signs placed in the stands