Katarina Roxon kicks off busy Paralympic trials with win


Victoria’s Nelson Wins 50m Butterfly

MONTREAL (ISN) – Katarina Roxon of Stephenville, N.L., made the necessary adjustments from her morning swim and came back in Tuesday night’s final to win the gold medal in the women’s 100 butterfly at the Paralympic swimming trials presented by RBC.

Roxon, ranked second after prelims, clocked 1:16.24. She finished ahead of Morgan Bird of Calgary and Jenna Skieneh of Windsor, Ont.

”I made a lot of mistakes this morning,” said Roxon, 18, a member of the 2008 Paralympic team. ”I tried to fix those quirks and it was pretty good. The time wasn’t the greatest for me but I just got to work on it. I still have five more events to and I’m going to push to get the times I need.”

In the men’s 100 breaststroke Michael Heath of Woodstock, Ont., was the winner with the best time in relation to his disability class. Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., was the fastest overall in 1:13.91.

”It wasn’t my best performance and I definitely need to work on some things,” said Stein, 19. ”It’s time to get back in and get it done for the rest of the week. I feel I’m getting way better breakouts and my turns are improving.”

”I was near my best time,” said Heath, 23. ”My start was much better and I was able to go out hard. To have the big crowd tonight really helped a lot too.”

Brianna Nelson of Victoria won the women’s 50 butterfly.

Competition runs from until Sunday at the Olympic Park Sport Centre. Preliminaries are at 10 a.m., and the finals are at 7 p.m. each day. Sportsnet will carry finals live each evening.

Website: www.swimming.ca 

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.