Ottawa, ON – There are now officially only 100 days until the opening of the Beijing Paralympic Swim events, and the Canadian swimmers with a disability are back at work in the pool, gearing up for the last preparations before the “big show”.

The 21-member Paralympic Swim team just returned to Canadian soil after successfully competing in Germany at the German Open; a huge test event for the Canadian contingent of swimmer’s with a disability leading up to the Paralympic Games in September.

This summer, 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.

The Paralympic team nominees for the men (6) are: Brian Hill of Duncan, B.C., Benoit Huot of Montreal, Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver, Drew Christensen of New Westminster, B.C., Devin Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., and Joe Barker of London, Ont.

For the women (15): Stephanie Dixon of Victoria, 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 of Victoria, Jacqueline Rennebohm of Regina, Stephanie McDougall of Maple Ridge, B.C., Katarina Roxon of Cornerbrook, Nfld, and Amber Thomas of Drayton Valley.

Paralympic Team Bios >

For more details:
Erin Sulpher
Communications Coordinator
Swimming Canada
tel. 613.260.1348 x 2001
cel. 613.299.1124