WINNIPEG – Para swimmer Amber Thomas of Drayton Valley, Alta., will be one of Canada’s busiest athletes at the Paralympic Games which get underway on August 29 in London. And she is looking forward to the challenge.
Thomas showed her preparation for the Games for athletes with a disability are on track on Sunday with first place finishes in the 400 freestyle and 100 butterfly at the 2012 Speedo CAN/AM Para-swimming Championships.
In London, the 18-year-old student is scheduled to race in six events: the 100-meter backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 400 freestyle and 200 individual medley. She competes in the S11 class for visually impaired swimmers.
”The more events I race, the more I get into the competition,” said Thomas, who lost her sight at age 10 due to a brain tumour. ”We thought about possibly scratching a race but in the end the schedule works out well. So I’m pretty excited about it.”
Thomas competed at age 14 at the 2008 Paralympic Games. She placed seventh in the 100 freestyle.
”It was really beneficial for me to go to those Games and get that experience,” she said. ”I’ll be familiar with the routine, time management and atmosphere at those Games.”
Thomas is vying for a successful Games. ”Definitely my goal is to win a medal, break a record and earn best times in all my events.”
Full results at: https://swimming.ca/liveresults/2012CanAm/