Adam Rahier helps Canada to two swimming medals at Global Games

LOANO, Italy (October 2, 2011)  – Adam Rahier (NRST) helped Canada to a silver medal in the men’s 4X200 freestyle relay and added a bronze in the 100 backstroke on Sunday in swimming action at the Global Games multi sport competition.  

The swimming competition at the Global Games features athletes in the S14 disability category (intellectual disability) as they tune-up for next year’s Paralympic Games in London.

In the men’s 4X200 freestyle relay, Rahier, Michael Heath of Woodstock, Ont., Maxime Rouselle of St. Alexandre, Que., and Mike Qing of Regina combined forces for the Canadian medal.  

In the men’s 100 backstroke, two Japanese swimmers finished ahead of Rahier who was just over a second off the second place finisher clocking 1:06.84. Rahier is Canada’s most successful swimmer so far at the competition with three medals.

Other Canadian finalists Sunday were Qing and Heath, fifth in the 50 butterfly and 50 breaststroke respectively, Qing was also sixth in the 100 butterfly, Maxime Rouselle of St-Alexandre, Que., seventh in the 100 butterfly and Kirstie Kasko of Okotoks, Alta., seventh in the women’s 100 backstroke and eighth in the 100 freestyle.

After three days of swimming competition, Canada has five medals (one gold, a silver and three bronze).

Competition ends Monday.