Valérie Grand’Maison of Montreal broke two world records and Benoit Huot of Longueuil, Que., also lowered a mark for swimmers with a disability on Saturday at the Quebec swimming club championships.
Grand’Maison, a quintuple world champion in 2006, shattered her short course world mark in the 200-metre freestyle in the S13 category for the visually impaired clocking 2:08.53. Her previous best was 2:12.49.
Huot, one of Canada’s most decorated Paralympians, bettered the short course mark in the 200 IM in the S10 category to 2:15.20 to shatter the previous mark of 2:19.75 set by Lukas Ludwig of Germany last year.
“It was a good performance for me,” said Huot, currently tuning up for this September’s Paralympic Games in Beijing. “I’ve been working a lot on my backstroke portion of the race. I really believe that’s where the gold will be won or lost at the Paralympics. I was surprised to beat it by that much.”
This weekend’s competition at the Claude-Robillard Centre features preliminaries in the short course pool (turns every 25 metres) and finals in the long course (turns every 50 metres).
Following this weekend’s meet, Huot will join the Canadian national team next month for a training camp in Europe which will culminate with the German Open May 22-25.