Swimmer Mrak battles up and down week to make Rio

UPDATE: This story was from the Paraswim trials in April. Mrak will be representing Canada in Brazil.  TORONTO – Despite a disappointing run on the day before the Canadian Paralympic swim team was selected, a 17-year-old is going to Rio after a record setting run earlier in the week. Tyler Mrak, a Surrey, B.C. native, […]

Kasko calm and collected during Paralympic trial

TORONTO — For Kirstie Kasko, the music may be different but the song is still the same. The 23-year-old, who swam four qualifiers this week (100-metre breast and backstrokes, 200-metre free and 200-metre individual medley), has to wait until Sunday for the announcement of the Rio team. But the Paralympian has experienced these trials before, […]

Swimmer Gordon Michie is determined to qualify for Rio

UPDATE: Michie did indeed qualify for the Paralympics at the April trials and will represent Canada this coming September. TORONTO – Gordie Michie has his sights set on the Paralympic games in Rio this summer. The 22-year-old para-swimmer, who set a new Canadian record and won gold in the 200-metre men’s individual medley earlier this […]

Danielle Kisser strides forward at para-swim trials

TORONTO – Although her results at the Para-swim trials were not what she had hoped, Danielle Kisser is still standing tall, and for good reason. Only a year and a half after undergoing major surgery to straighten her legs, Kisser broke the Canadian record Saturday morning in the S6 100m backstroke at the Toronto Pan […]

Abi Tripp shatters backstroke PB at Paralympic swim trials

UPDATE: Tripp made the Paralympic team at the trials in April and will be in Rio this September. TORONTO – Abi Tripp set a new personal best in the 100-metre backstroke on Saturday evening to improve her standings on the road to Rio this September. The 15-year-old was thrilled after her swim, clocked in at […]

Para-swimmer Rahier hopes to ride recent success to Rio

TORONTO – Prospective Canadian Paralympian Adam Rahier hopes to take his recent swimming success all the way to Rio. Rahier, 27, won silver in the 100-metre backstroke and bronze in the 200-metre Individual medley at the 2015 Parapan Am games in Toronto and now wants more. “It was one in a million. I won’t forget […]

Alexander Elliot is seeking his first-ever Paralympic nomination

UPDATE: Elliott qualified for the Paralympics at the trials in April and will represent Canada in Rio this September. TORONTO – Alexander Elliot finished first in the men’s 100-metre butterfly final Friday night, during the Canadian Paralympic trials being held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough. In the preliminary round, Elliot swam 57.95 […]

Benoit Huot to treat tough Para-swim race as learning experience

TORONTO—Benoit Huot wore a look of visible frustration as he got out of the pool on Thursday night at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. While the para-swimmer, who competes in the S10 classification, did finish with a silver medal in the 200-metre men’s individual medley, he was not satisfied with his time of 2:14.07. He could […]