Rio de Janerio, Brazil – Four Canadian swimmers with a disability traveled to South America last weekend to compete at the Loterias Caixa International Swim Meet in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

2008 Paralympians Benoit Huot of Montreal, Brian Hill of Montreal, Devin Gotell of Antigonish as well as 2004 Paralympian Andrew Haley of Toronto competed against the best swimmers with a disability from around the world.

Other countries in attendance included South Africa, United States, Spain, Uruguay, Mexico, Columbia, Great Britain and Brazil.

“It is a great privilege to be invited to Rio by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee to participate in this great televised competition and helps promote Paralympic Sport in Brazil,” says National Coach Craig McCord. “Everyone round the world took a break after Beijing, but the performances were very strong for the first competition for most of the swimmers in the meet.” It was also a very good rehearsal for the 2009 IPC Swimming Short Course Worlds next December in Rio. “We have experienced the varied weather conditions and the heat and it will help us immensely in preparation for the Worlds next year”

Benoit Huot (S10) – 3rd 400m Free; 3rd 100m Fly
Brian Hill (S13) – 3rd 50m Free; 3rd 100m Free
Devin Gotell (S13) – 6th 50m Free; 4th 100m Free
Andrew Haley (S9) – 5th 50m Free; 2nd 100m Free