Swimmer Isaac Bouckley stakes claim for Rio Paralympics

UPDATE: Bouckley qualified for the Paralympic Games at the trials in April and will represent Canada in September. TORONTO — Isaac Bouckley continued his strong week at the 2016 Paralympic Swimming Trials with a fourth-place finish in the men’s 200-metre medley at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough on Thursday night. The 21-year-old Oshawa […]

Swimmer Samantha Ryan breaks PB in Rio bid

UPDATE: Ryan qualified for her first Paralympic Games at the April trials and will represent Canada at Rio.  TORONTO – A little girl’s dream is on the verge of becoming a reality after the 2016 Canadian Paralympic swimming trials on Friday night. At only 16 years-old, Samantha Ryan recorded a time of 1:10.35, the fifth […]

Gordie Michie breaks Canadian record on route to Rio

TORONTO — When Gordie Michie touched the wall at the end of his race, he had no idea how fast he just swam. The para-swimmer, racing in the S14 classification, set a new Canadian record and won gold in the 200m men’s individual medley at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. When the St. Thomas, Ont., […]

Aurélie Rivard has learned what it takes to win

UPDATE: Rivard qualified for the Paralympics and is preparing to represent Canada in Rio this September. TORONTO – This time last year, Aurélie Rivard was training under the radar for a double installment of international competition. Thursday night at the Canadian Paralympic trials, the now World Champion and Parapan Am gold medalist was busy meeting […]

Abi Tripp breaks two Canadian records in one day at nationals

TORONTO – Canadian para-swimmer Abi Tripp broke a 14-year old record earlier Thursday night – and then broke it again hours later. The Kingston Ont., native participated in the SM8 classification heats for the 200m women’s individual medley, where she broke Andrea Cole’s 2002 record of 3:03.04 with a personal best of 3:00.98. In the […]

Canadian Paralympian continues her swim to success

UPDATE: Roxon will represent Canada at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio this September.  TORONTO – For Canadian Paralympian Katarina Roxon it’s time to take the next step. The 23-year old, who won gold in the 100-metre breaststroke at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games, wants to capitalize on the high of winning in front of a […]

Tyler Mrak sets new Canadian Paralympic mark at trials

TORONTO — Tyler Mrak set a new Canadian Paralympic record in the 100 metre breastroke on Wednesday night to increase his chances of a Rio appearance this September. He was the only SB13 classification swimmer in the race, but that did not stop him from beating his personal best time. The Canadian came into the […]

swimming pool inside Pan Am pool building

Swimming in Canada: A new pool and a bright future

With the 2015 Pan American Games in the past, the pool at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough has turned its focus to the future of swimming in Canada. Coming off the most successful summer muti-sport event in the country’s history, the goal is to continue to grow the sport not only for the 2016 Olympics, but for the next few cycles. However, the first step is Rio, and improving on the two medals won at London 2012.

Tabitha Baumann continues cementing her family legacy

Tabitha Baumann wasn’t pushed to swimming, despite having a swimming legend as a father. She is the daughter of Alex Baumann, a Canadian swimmer who won two gold medals in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Born in Australia, Tabitha has been developing since the age of 12. “I grew up in Australia until […]