WINNIPEG – Joshua Young of Red Deer, Alta., and Kayla Sanchez of Ajax, Ont., are two 13-year-old swimmers who are leaving a strong impression this week at the Canadian Age Group Championships being held at the Pan Am Pool.
In the boys 13-and-under age group, Young collected two more gold medals to bring his week’s haul to seven.
Young only started swimming at age nine and he was initially scared of putting his face in the water.
‘’During the 2012 Olympics I would watch Michael Phelps swim every night before going to bed and that has really motivated me to one day compete at the Games,’’ said Young. ‘’I’ve worked really hard for my success this week so I feel I’ve earned it. The big key for me has been the endurance training.’’
In the girls 13-year-old age group, Kayla Sanchez of Ajax, Ont., now has four national titles. She clocked a personal best 1:04.59 in the 100-m backstroke and was second to Ireland’s Antoinette Neamt in the 200-m freestyle.
‘’I don’t feel I’m swimming at my best but I’m happy with the success so far,’’ said Sanchez. ‘’I’ve developed a fear of hitting my head on the wall and it’s something my coach and I have really worked on. I’ve taken a step in the right direction this week.’’
Tai Long Singh of Delta, B.C., established a second Canadian age group record this week clocking 58.76 seconds in the boys 14-year-old 100-m backstroke. That eclipsed the previous mark of 58.92 set by Olympian Tobias Oriwol in 2000. Singh has seven national titles so far this week.
Pool competition ends Sunday at the Pan Am Pool. The open water races are on Monday morning at St. Malo Provincial Park.
Full results: https://www.swimming.ca/liveresults/2014cagc/