Calgary – In preparation for the 2012 London Olympics, World Record Holder Paul Kornfeld has announced that he will be training full time in Calgary at the High Performance Swimming Centre under the guidance of coach Jan Birdman.
“I’m really excited about this move and really committed to achieving my Olympic goals,” said Kornfeld while competing at the Canada Cup in Vancouver.
Kornfeld made his debut for Canada last summer while qualifying in the 200 breaststroke for the World Championships Team that competed in Rome. Following Worlds, Kornfeld broke a World Record in the 4×100 short course medley relay swimming the breaststroke leg, an achievement that motivated Kornfeld to strive for the 2012 Games Team. The world mark was lowered by Russia at the end of December of 2009.
In 2009, Paul graduated from the University of Stanford, where he had been swimming since 2005. Aside from being a national champion in the 200 breaststroke for Canada, Kornfeld is a two-time NCAA champion.
Kornfeld holds the third fastest time in the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke for Canada and holds the 50 and 100m Alberta provincial records.
Paul has represented the University of Calgary Swim Club for the last three years, placing 3rd at the 2008 Olympic Trials, nearly missing the Olympic Team. Paul grew up in Houston, TX but has strong ties to Calgary, both set of grandparents reside in Calgary.
Head Coach Jan Bidrman says “Paul will bring strong leadership to the Calgary and Canadian swimming environment”. Bidrman has coached Olympians Mike Brown and Morgan Knabe, two of Canada’s all time best breaststroke swimmers.
Last April, Kornfeld qualified for the Canadian Team that will be competing at the Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine late August.