Canadian Paralympic Swim Team ready for Paralympic Games

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Beijing – the 21-member Canadian Paralympic Swim team is geared up and all set to compete at the 2008 Paralympic Games. The swimming competition runs September 7th thru 15th at the Water Cube in Beijing.

“The team had an excellent training camp in Japan,” states Craig McCord, National Coach of Swimmers with a Disability and Head Coach of the Paralympic Swim Team.

“Everything is moving forward as planned; the swimmers are prepared and ready to go.We are looking forward to some fast and exciting races when the competition begins on Sunday.

Brian Hill of Duncan, BC and Devin Gotell of Antigonish, NS will be Canada’s first swimmers to hit the water in the men’s S13 100m butterfly.Chelsey Gotell of Hamilton, ON; Kirby Cote of Winnipeg, MB and Valerie Grand’Maison of Montreal will follow in the women’s S13 100m butterfly.

Also competing on Day one of competition is Brianna Nelson of Victoria, BC; Laura Jensen of North Vancouver, BC; and Stephanie McDougall of Maple Ridge, BC in the women’s S7 200m IM.

Canadian Record holders Andrea Cole of London, ON and Drew Christensen of New Westminster, BC are competing in the women’s and men’s S8 200m IM.

The session will close with Canadian recorder Stephanie Dixon of Victoria, BC; Brittany Gray of Barrie, ON and Katarina Roxon of Stephenville, Nfld racing in the women’s S9 100m butterfly.

Preliminary session is scheduled for 9:00am local time.

Full results available at: http://en.paralympic.beijing2008.cn/upload/PG_Schedule_080722/SW.xls

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More information:

In Beijing

Erin Sulpher
Communications Coordinator
Swimming Canada
esulpher@swimming.ca
Beijing Mobile (86) 135 2103 4322


In Canada

Martin Richard
Director of Communications
Swimming Canada
mrichard@swimming.ca
tel. 613-260-1348, ext 2002

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