MONTREAL, Quebec, April 5. THREE-time Olympian Andrew Hurd and two-time member of the World Championships Team in Open Water, Philippe Dubreuil, were honored in front of their peers during a special celebratory ceremony prior to the finals on Friday at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships trials in Montreal.
Hurd burst on the scene at the 2000 Olympic trials when he beat his personal best by 18 seconds in the 1,500 and just missed the Canadian record by 7|10ths of a second to make the Olympic team. Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, listed Hurd among the young leaders in sport in 2000.
"I've had the opportunity to be part of amazing national teams over the course of my career," said Andrew Hurd of Oakville, Ontario. "Also, I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to be coached by some of the world's best, and supported by so many people."
One of Hurd's most memorable swims was in front of a home crowd during the 2004 Olympic Trials, where he clocked three minutes and 49.67 seconds to qualify for the 400 m freestyle event as well as breaking the Canadian record of 3:49.99 set by Rick Say of Victoria at the 2000 Olympic trials. Hurd has collected several titles and medals during his ten-year international career. A graduate from the University of Michigan, Andrew will be pursuing a career in engineering.
During the ceremony, Philippe Dubreuil of Sherbrooke shared some of his most memorable moments both in the pool and on the open water circuit.
"One moment that will stick with me forever was racing the finals 1500m Eastern Championships in the warm-up pool because I had mistakenly missed the morning heat thinking I was scheduled to swim at night," said Dubreuil.
"I was automatically disqualified, but my coach cleared a lane for me in the warm up pool and I got to race the event as it was happening in the main pool. The time I did would of gotten me on the podium."
Philippe made the commitment of crossing over to Open Water swimming but says that the transition from pool to the lake was natural for him. He competed for Canada's National Team in the 10km at two World Championships, one Pan Pacific Championships in Victoria and one Pan American Games.
He has recently graduated from Sherbrooke University with a Masters in Psychology and has now moved to Quebec City to work with corporation in improving team dynamics.
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