As the world prepares for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the Grande Prairie Piranhas, our city’s year round competitive swim club, is preparing 7 swimmers for Swim Canada’s upcoming Olympic Trials.

From this event, Canada’s Olympic swim team will be identified, and the club is hopeful to have swimmers on that competitive roster.

"Our entire squad, top to bottom, has demonstrated excellence in training and in competitions. Having seven swimmers qualify for the Canadian Olympic Trials is a remarkable achievement. During the last Olympic cycle, we had one qualifier and before that we had never sent a swimmer. Fast forward four years and we are thrilled to be sending a squad of 7”, said Director of Swimming, Alex Dawson.

The achievement of these swimmers caps an outstanding 18 months of competition and achievement for the Grande Prairie Piranhas Swim Club that saw the team successfully compete at the local, provincial, national, and international level.

The Piranhas head into the Long Course portion of the season with it’s eyes set firmly on achieving greater success that they have already achieved over the last 18 months. To prepare the 7 Trials swimmers and other members of the National Squad, the team is planning an intensive week-long training camp in Arizona that will see the squad experience different training programs and levels of competition with other clubs in the area.

The club is currently raising funds to support this camp with a bottle drive and a 50-50 raffle, which can be found on the GP Piranhas Facebook page.