Canada’s Paralympic Swim Team to Headline CAN/AM Para-swimming Championships

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WINNIPEG  – Canada’s 2012 Paralympic Swim Team will be showcasing its talent in Winnipeg on July 20-22 at the Pan-Am pool before they set sail to London for the Paralympic Games.

The 2012Speedo CAN/AM Para-swimming Championships will be the last racing opportunity for 24 member-strong team heading to London to compete August 29-September 9.

For first time Paralympian Summer Mortimer of Ancaster ON, “being on target for London” is the goal for the CAN/AMS. That means her World Records are on the line.

“The hard training after trials in Montreal has been going relatively well and this meet will allow us to evaluate the last details to focus on,” said Mortimer.

Attention to details is key for 4-time Paralympic swimmer Benoit Huot of Montreal. A leader on the team, Huot has collected many medals during his 3 last Paralympic games, and London will be the same goal, standing on top of that podium.

“I’ve made several changes in my approach,” said Huot. “I’m more mature as an athlete and have learned that paying attention to the little details pays off in the end.”

Huot sent a strong message to world of Paralympic swimming during the trials last Aprilsmashing his World record in the 200 IM s10 (2:10.26), a mark that was leftun-touched since 2010.

“I new the record was attainable, but the best in me is yet to come,” said Huot after setting the record in April.

“I’m really excited about this team,” said Craig McCord, Swimming Canada’s Para-swimming National Coach.

“We have a high quality mix of multi-games Paralympians and first timers. I can feel the excitement from all of them to swim very fast and assist Canada in reaching the goal of being within the top 8 in the gold medal standings at the Games”.

“The CAN/AMs will be a great opportunity to race as a team and build a strong momentum towards London.”

Team Roster: (Name; Residence/Hometown; Coach)

Women

Camille BERUBE (Gatineau, QC; Michel Bérubé)

Morgan BIRD (Calgary, AB; Kristina Crook)

Valerie DRAPEAU (Longueuil, QC; Claude Picard)

Valerie GRAND’MAISON (Montreal, QC; Peter Carpenter)

Brianna JENNETT-MCNEILL (Gatineau, QC/Russell, ON; Michel Bérubé)

Kirstie KASKO (Okotos, AB/High River, AB; Todd Melton)

Sarah MAILHOT (Quebec City, QC; Mark-Andre Pelletier)

Sarah MEHAIN (Vernon, BC; Renate Terpstra)

Summer MORTIMER (Ancaster, ON; Reg Chappell)

Jana MURPHY (Victoria, BC; Gord Veldman)

Brianna NELSON (Victoria, BC; Gord Veldman)

Aurélie RIVARD (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu; France Latendresse)

Katarina ROXON (Stephenville, NL; Leonard Roxon)

Rhea SCHMIDT (Winnipeg, MB; Vlastimil Cerny)

Amber THOMAS (Drayton Valley, AB; Chris Nelson)

Men

Isaac BOUCKLEY (Port Hope, ON/Oshawa, ON; Rob Masson)

Devin GOTELL (Gatineau, QC/Antigonish, NS; Michel Bérubé)

Michael HEATH (Woodstock, ON/Ingersoll, ON; Joni Maertens-Sanders)

Brian HILL (Montreal, QC/Duncan, BC; Sébastien Messier)

Benoit HUOT (Longueuil, QC; Pierre Lamy)

Zachary MCALLISTER (Lethbridge, AB; Brad Mori)

David Scott PATTERSON (Vancouver, BC; Marianne Wieland de Alvarez)

Nathan STEIN (Maple Ridge, BC; Reg Shaw)

Donovan TILDESLEY (Vancouver, BC; Kevin Johns)

About the Speedo CAN/AM Para-swimming Championships

The Can-Am swim meets is designed to bring all Para-swimmers in both Canada and the United States together twice a year to compete in stand alone competitions that will promote fast swimming from development to international level.

The competitions are seen as a domestic opportunity to nurture the developing swimmers that will make their respective national team programs in the future and continue to challenge the existing national team members to better performance.

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