OTTAWA – Canada’s 21-member swimming team for this summer’s Paralympics, including multiple international champions Benoit Huot of Longueuil, Que., and Stephanie Dixon of Victoria, tune-up for the Games May 22-25 at the German Open in Berlin.
Craig McCord, the head coach of Canada’s Paralympic swim team, says the annual event will be a major test for his troops.
‘’All the top European racers will compete at this event,’’ said McCord. ‘’It’s a good opportunity to go and have a solid international competition before the Paralympics. Right now everyone on the team is in excellent condition and preparing very nicely for the Games. ’’
Joining Huot on the men’s side are: Brian Hill of Duncan, B.C., Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver, Drew Christensen of New Westminster, B.C., Devin Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., and Joe Barker of London, Ont.
The women’s team members are Dixon, Valérie Grand’Maison of Montreal, Chelsey Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., Anne Polinario of Montreal, Kirby Cote of Winnipeg, Andrea Cole of London, Ont., Darda Sales of London, Brittany Gray of Barrie, Ont., Laura Jensen of Fort St. John, B.C., Jessica Tuomela of Waterloo, Ont., Brianna Nelson Victoria, Jacqueline Rennebohm of Regina, Stephanie McDougall of Maple Ridge, B.C., and Katarina Roxon of Cornerbrook, Nfld, Amber Thomas of Drayton Valley.
The team left Wednesday for Sindelfingen, Germany where it will hold a week-long training camp prior to the German Open.
Following the German Open, the Canadian Paralympic swim team will head to Victoria in July for a Can-Am competition and remain in the B.C., capital for a two week training camp. The Paralympic Games are September 6-17 in Beijing.
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