Top para-swimmers bound for Edmonton

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EDMONTON – North America’s best para-swimmers will take on competitors from around the word this week as Edmonton’s Kinsmen Sports Centre plays host to the 2013 Can-Am Para-Swimming Championships.

The meet, which runs from Friday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 15, will welcome 110 athletes from 68 clubs, with representatives from the U.S., Korea, Ireland and Australia taking on representatives from eight Canadian provinces.

Calgary native Brianna Nelson, who won gold in the S7 50-metre butterfly at this summer’s 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, will be one of several Team Canada members in action. Other names to watch include fellow Calgarian Morgan Bird, a double silver medallist at worlds, and Montrealers Aurelie Rivard (four medals at worlds) and Benoit Huot (gold in men’s S10 200-m individual medley).

Five time Paralympian Curtis Lovejoy from Atlanta is back in the water and challenging the youth as he competes representing the Atlanta Dolphins. Other top Americans to watch for at the competition are Jessica Long, a five-time gold medalist from the London 2012 Paralympics, and Justin Zook, a 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships silver medalist.

Preliminary sessions start at 9:30 a.m. each day with finals set to start at 4:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Sports Centre (95 Walterdale Hill)

Live results are available at: https://swimming.ca/liveresults/2013canamedmonton/

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