Canadian Para-Swimming Athletes Ready for Canadian Open in Toronto

Photo Courtesy: Scott Grant/Swimming Canada

Canada’s top Para-swimming athletes will be in action at home just one week following the postponement of the World Para Swimming Championships due to the devastating earthquake that occurred outside Mexico City.

Paralympic heroes Benoît Huot, Aurelie Rivard, Katarina Roxon will lead a list of the nations best in a head-to-head battle against Australia at the Canadian Open, which will be held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, October 2-4.

Swimming Canada has quickly mobilized a group of volunteer officials who have generously stepped forward to ensure athletes have an opportunity to race in the wake of the World Championship postponement.

“Our primary goal is to provide a quality racing opportunity that will allow our swimmers to stay on their preparation plans and post performances for world rankings and for team allocations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” said James Hood, Swimming Canada’s Senior Manager, High Performance Para-swimming Programs.

“We always talk about adaptability and focusing on the components that the athlete can control. This is a true test of our swimmers ability to adapt, refocus and perform in conditions that are not what was planned. In the end it comes down to the swimmer, their race and their preparation.”

The competition will run with time finals beginning every night at 6 p.m. Complete details of the event are available here.

Who:  Canadian Para-Swimming Team

Australian Para-Swimming Team

When: October 2-4, 2017

4 p.m. – Warm-ups

6 p.m. – Start of Finals

Where: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

875 Morningside Avenue, Toronto

Press release courtesy of Swimming Canada

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Author: Taylor Brien

Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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