Benoit Huot Among 22-Member Paralympic Team Selected By Canada

Olympic Trials-finals-9apr2016. Photo Scott Grant
Photo Courtesy: Scott Grant/Swimming Canada

World champion and world record holder Aurelie Rivard and 19-time Paralympic medallist Benoit Huot are among the Swimming Canada nominees for the 2016 Paralympic swim team.

The 22-member lineup will be nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Committee. The team that will compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be officially announced at a July 14 event in Ottawa.

Huot of the Para-swimming Intensive Training Centre – Quebec will be competing in his fifth Paralympic Games. The winner of nine Paralympic titles, he was Canada’s flag bearer for the London Paralympics closing ceremonies.

“I’m just so privileged and lucky,” said Huot. “After all these years, to live my passion and be in love with my sport, is so unique.

“Many athletes don’t even have one chance to compete at a Paralympics. I’m going to live it for the fifth time. There are no words. I’m really embracing the moment. I want to enjoy every minute of it and have the time of my life.”

Rivard, of the Club Natation de Haute Richelieu, won a silver medal at her first Paralympics in London. She is the reigning world champion in the 50-metre freestyle and 400-metre freestyle and world record holder in the 100-metre freestyle.

Among the athletes attending their first Paralympics will be Abi Tripp of the Kingston Y Penguins Aquatic Club.

“It’s a dream that so many people have,” said Tripp. “Getting the opportunity to live it is a not-even-on-this-earth experience.”

Craig McCord will be the team’s head coach for his fourth Paralympics.

The athletes earned their spots at the 2016 Olympic & Para-swimming Trials, presented by RBC, which were held Tuesday to Sunday.

The Paralympic Games will be held Sept. 7-18.


First Name Last Name Club (incl. HPC) Coach of Record  
Benoit Huot Neptune / Para-swimming Intensive Training Program Quebec Thompson, Mike  
Isaac Bouckley Natation Para-Performance / Para-swimming Intensive Training Program Quebec Thompson, Mike  
Danielle Dorris Club Natation Bleu et Or Allen, Ryan  
Gordie Michie St. Thomas Jumbo Jets Bosma, Penny  
James Leroux Club de Natation Torpille Bruggeman Jérémy  
Sarah Mehain McGill University / Club de natation du Haut Richelieu Carpenter, Peter  
Nydia Langill DUCKS Swimming Chappel, Reg  
Devin Gotell London Aquatic Club Craven, Andrew  
Tess Routliffe Dorado Stars Swim Club Desjardins, Courtney  
Sabrina Duchesne Rouge et Or Université Laval Girardin, Johanne  
Samantha Ryan Saskatoon Goldfin Swim Club Hitchings, Steven  
Morgan Bird Cascade Swim Club Johnson, Wendy  
Abi Tripp Kingston Y Penguins Aquatic Club Keith, Vicki  
Nathan Clement West Vancouver Otters Swim Club Ng, Norman  
Nicolas Turbide Club Natation Region de Quebec Pelletier, Marc-André  
Jonathan Dieleman Richmond Rapids Pettifer, Robert  
Katarina Roxon Aqua Aces Swim Club Roxon, Leonard  
Tyler Mrak Surrey knights Swim Club Shaw, Reg  
Nathan Stein Surrey knights Swim Club Shaw, Reg  
Tammy Cunnington Red Deer Catalina Swim Club Smith, Mandi  
Alexander Elliot Region of Waterloo Witolla, Hans  
Aurélie Rivard Club de natation du Haut Richelieu Latendresse France  
2016 Para-swimming Coach Nominees for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games
France Latendresse Head Coach Club de natation du Haut Richelieu
Mike Thompson Head Coach Para-swimming Intensive Training Program Quebec
Vince Mikuska Para-swimming Performance Coach, Swimming Canada
Craig McCord National Para-swimming Coach, Swimming Canada