Seven BC Swimmers on IPC World Champs Team

Seven SwimBC swimmers were selected to the team that Swimming Canada announced to represent Canada at the Para-Swimming World Championships to be held in Eindhoven, Netherlands from August 15th to 21st, 2010.

The 30-member World Championships squad was selected from the performances at the 2010 Para Can-Ams in San Antonio Texas last March. 

The team includes 12 Beijing Paralympians including Stephanie Dixon of Victoria, Chelsey Gotell of Antigonish, Valérie Grand’Maison, Anne Polinario of Montreal, Katarina Roxon of Stephanville NF, Darda Sales of London and Amber Thomas of Edmonton.

On the men’s side, Paralympians Benoit Huot, Brian Hill of Montreal, Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver, Joe Barker of London and Devin Gotell of Antigonish will also be vying for a spot on the Worlds’ podium.

“The 2010 Para-swimming Worlds team is a very good representation of who will have an opportunity to make the 2012 Paralympic Team,” said Craig McCord, Swimming Canada’s National Coach for Para-swimming. “While we are about 2 years out of the Paralympic Trials, as a first rehearsal for selection, it was very good.” 

According to McCord, within less than a year, his swimmers have further developed their skills from last summer's World Short Course Championships Trials in Edmonton.

“For these World Championships, the team will be competitive at all levels, veterans through first timers,” added McCord. The team will know return to training and will regroup this summer for final staging preparations for the IPC World Championships in Eindhoven.

Full Team Roster: (Swimmer, Club, Hometown)

Women: Camille BERUBE, Club Natation Phenix Gatineau, Gatineau, QC; Stephanie DIXON, Victoria Swimming Academy/ Pacific Coast Swimming, Brampton, ON; Chelsey GOTELL, McMaster University, Antigonish, NS; Valérie GRAND'MAISON, Club Aquatique Montreal Olympique, Fleurimont, QC; Brianna JENNETT-MCNIELL, Ravens of Carleton Swimming, Calgary, AB; Sarah MAILHOT, Cap Rouge St. Augustin Quebec, Quebec City; Stephanie MCDOUGALL, Surrey Knights Swim Club, Vancouver, BC; Sarah MEHAIN, Vernon Kokannee Swim Club, Nelson, BC; Summer MORTIMER, DUCKS, New Market, ON; Maxime Valerie OLIVIER, VioMax, Montreal, QC; Anne POLINARIO, Club Natation Piscine Parc Olympique, Havana, Cuba; Aurelie RIVARD, Club Natation Haute Richelieu, Montreal, QC; Jessica ROBERGE, Club Aquatique Dauphin Aquatic Club, Ville-Marie, QC; Katarina ROXON, Island Wahoos Swim Club, Cornerbrook, NF; Darda SALES, London Aquatic Club, London, ON; Jenna SKIENEH, Windsor Aquatic Club, Windsor, ON; Amber THOMAS, Olympian Swim Club, Drayton Valley, AB.

Men: Joe BARKER, London Aquatic Club, London, ON; Devin GOTELL, McMaster University, Antigonish, NS; Brian HILL, Club Natation Piscine Parc Olympique, Duncan, BC; Benoit HUOT, Club Natation Piscine Parc Olympique, Longueuil, QC; Nicky LAPOINTE, Island Swimming, Victoria, BC; Jean-Michel LAVALIERE, Cap Rouge St. Augustin Quebec, Quebec City; Marc-Olivier MARCHAND, VioMax, Montreal, QC; Kyle MCMAHON, Island Swimming, Burns Lake, BC; Danial MURPHY, Sackville Waves Aquatic Team, Halifax, NS; Nathan STEIN, Surrey Knights Swim Club, Vancouver, BC; Ronald TANG, Variety Village Aquatic Club; Donovan TILDESLEY, UBC Dolphins; Vancouver, BC; Chris TSONOS, Kingston Y Penguins Aquatic Club