Open Water award goes to Weinberger

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VICTORIA – The spotlight stayed on the West Coast Thursday as Swimming Canada’s Big Splash Awards Week continued.

Victoria’s Richard Weinberger was named the Open Water Swimmer of the Year, with his hometown Times-Colonist newspaper making the exclusive announcement early Thursday morning.

The annual award recognizes the highest ranked swim in an Olympic event by a Canadian male or female open water swimmer at the premier international meet of the year.

This year’s premier international meet was the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

Weinberger finished fifth in the 10-kilometre open water race, the event in which he won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.

The Big Splash Awards Week has seen a different major honour announced each day. Weinberger’s award followed on the heels of fellow Victorian Ryan Cochrane winning OMEGA Male Swimmer of the Year Wednesday. Benoit Huot and Valerie Grand’Maison were named the Team Aquatic Supplies Male and Female Para-Swimmers of the Year earlier in the week.

Friday is the final day of the week-long celebration of the best in Canadian swimming. The OMEGA Female Swimmer of the Year will be announced as part of the RBC Sports Day in Canada Tour, presented by CBC. The results of the fan voting for People’s Choice Race of the Year will also be revealed Friday, along with the winners of the coaching awards.

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