Zsofia Balazs

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Pan American Games looking to youth for a mascot

Georgia Selby likes to draw. She’s even has her eye on having a drawing recognized in a nationwide competition. “I might draw a penguin on top of a world for the contest,” she said. “And my story is going to be on the summer Olympic Games.” Georgia, 8, recently attended a workshop at a branch of the Toronto Public Library. In small groups the children sharpened coloured pencils and put their creative abilities to the test. Also attending the workshop were some of Canada’s top athletes, some award-winning illustrators and representatives from the Pan American Games organizing committee in Toronto (TO2015).

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Open-water marathoner elbowing her way to the Olympics

Canada’s highest-ranked, female, open-water marathon swimmer could be heading to the London Olympics this summer to become the first competitor for Canada in the sport. The 10-kilometre, open-water marathon became an Olympic event for the first time during the Summer Olympics at Beijing in 2008. Zsofia Balazs, 21, said she has more focus this year and will not let her fear of open-water competition stop her from reaching her goal of competing for Canada at the Olympics.