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Record-breaker to lead Canada

other Updated: Sep 17, 2010 23:45 IST

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Following a successful run at the Pan Pacific Championships in California, Swimming Canada announced a 27-member strong squad for the Oct 3-14 Commonwealth Games.

World record holder Annamay Pierse of Edmonton will spearhead the team and the Games are an important step towards her preparation for the London Olympics 2012.

"It's another great opportunity to race against some of the best in the world. On top of that, I've always wanted to go to India, so I'm really excited to represent Canada at the Games," said Pierse.

"Our swimmers have demonstrated great Canadian pride over the past weeks," said CEO and national coach for Swimming Canada, Pierre Lafontaine.

"We have had strong medal performances at the Pan Pacs and the IPC Worlds, while also seeing many of our swimmers are knocking on doors, to make that extra step onto the podium."

"It's quite an exciting time for Swimming Canada as we head into the Commonwealth Games and the second half of the quadrennial."

The Canadian swim team will head to Singapore for an 8-day staging camp, prior to arriving in Delhi Sep 30.

Triple medallists leads shooting team

A Melbourne Games triple medalist and two sets of family members -- a father-son combination and a sister duo -- have made it to the Canadian shooting squad for next month's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Susan Nattrass, six-time Olympian and triple medalist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, leads an experienced squad which will compete in all 36 events.

Father-son combination of Paul and Drew Shaw will make up the men's trap and double trap teams at the Games. Sisters Dorothy Ludwig and Lynda Hare are targeting podium positions in women's air pistol.

Besides the shooting and swimming teams, Canada also announced an eight-member squash team, eight paddlers and a 12-member Rugby 7s squad.