Danielle Hanus returning home with gold


SHERBROOKE, Que. – After nearly a month on the road, 15-year-old Danielle Hanus is coming home. And the Newmarket, Ont., resident will have a shiny gold medal around her neck after winning the women’s 50-m backstroke to close out the pool portion of the swimming competition at the Canada Games.

Hanus, who has competed at the Summer Nationals, Age Group Nationals and these Games in successive weeks,  clocked a Games record 28.94 seconds to finish ahead of Ingrid Wilm-Sirum of Calgary in second in 29.50 and Kennedy Goss of Toronto third in 29.87.

“It’s been a long month of racing and I’m happy with the time,” said Hanus. “It’s a proud moment for me to end this stretch with a gold, personal best and Games record. The last race of the season was the best race race of the season. It’s nice to say.”

Other winners in women’s competition were Sophia Saroukias of Edmonton in the 800-m freestyle, Emily Overholt of West Vancouver in the 200-m individual medley and Ariane Mainville of Montreal in the 50-m freestyle.

Meanwhile Jon McKay of Victoria, who trains with open water Olympic bronze medallist Richard Weinberger, also clocked a personal best and Games record 15:40.35 in the men’s 1500-m freestyle. Teddy Kalp of North York, Ont., was second in 15:49.28 and Jonathan Brown of Calgary third in 15:52.39.

I felt good, stuck to the game plan and had a pretty good race,” said McKay, who’ll tackle the five kilometer open water race on Friday morning. “It’s been pretty terrific to drop so much time this year.”

Other winners in men’s competition were Jeffrey Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., in the 50-m backstroke, Evan White of Oakville, Ont., in the 200-m IM and Yuri Kisil of Calgary in the 50-m freestyle.

Ontario won both 4X100 medley relays.
In Para swimming race winners were Samantha Ryan of Saskatchewan and Dalton Boon of B.C., in the 50-m freestyle, Cameron Macdonald of Manitoba in the 150-m IM and Kennedy Pasy of Alberta and Alexander Elliott of Ontario in the 200-m IM.
In the Special Olympics races winners were Miori Henault of Montreal and Elliott Moskowy of Alberta in the 50-m freestyle.

Scott Harrigan
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