Penny Oleksiak leads the nominated Canadian swimming squad for Gold Coast 2018 ©Getty Images

Swimming Canada has nominated a group of 26 athletes for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, including four-time Olympic medallist Penny Oleksiak.

The squad is made up of 16 women and 10 men, with 10 athletes under the age of 20.

Eleven members of the squad competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games including medallists Oleksiak, Kylie Masse, Taylor Ruck and Hilary Caldwell.

Oleksiak won four medals in Rio de Janeiro, including gold in the women's 100 metres freestyle, silver in the 100m butterfly and two relay bronzes.

Masse claimed Rio 2016 bronze in the women's 100m backstroke before going on to set a world record in the same event at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest earlier this year to claim gold.

Caldwell, a Rio 2016 200m backstroke bronze medallist, and 17-year-old Ruck, who won two relay bronzes in Brazil, will also swim in Australia.

There are also five athletes who competed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in the squad along with seven rookies on the senior team.

World champion Kylie Masse has also been nominated ©Getty Images
World champion Kylie Masse has also been nominated ©Getty Images

“This is a young, yet dynamic and strong team of athletes who have proven they can perform under some of the most intense pressure at major international meets,” said John Atkinson, high-performance director and team leader at Swimming Canada.

“With our young veterans leading the way, we established more depth in the programme this summer where we saw a number of swimmers perform exceptionally well in a series of championships and Games that were used as selection meets for our Commonwealth Games team.

"This event will be another critical benchmark and measuring stick for our team as we continue to build towards Tokyo 2020.

"It will provide our top athletes with another major test, while giving our rookies additional international race experience in a Games environment which will serve us well in the pursuit of our goals in 2020.”

The entire Canadian team will be officially announced by Commonwealth Games Canada in March 2018.

The nominated swimming squad can be found in full here.