TORONTO – It was in front of a large swimming audience that six young aspiring swimmers were presented with the prestigious Victor Davis bursary tonight at the Canada Cup of Swimming in Toronto.
What made it special was that these young athletes received the award from Mel Davis, father of the late Olympic champion Victor Davis, and were applauded by current 2008 Beijing Olympian, Tobias Oriwol, who was also a bursary recipient in 2000, standing across the deck getting ready to race.
The six young swimmers awarded with the 2011 Victor Davis bursaries are:
- Katie Caldwell of the Pacific Sea Wolves – Coach Brad Dingey
Member of the 2011 World Juniors, 2009 NACC, 2008 NACC teams
- Olivia Feschuk of the Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club – Coach Aaron Maszko
2010 Prospects, 2010 NACC, 2009 Prospects, 2008 NACC
- Paige Kremer of the Olympian Swim Club – Coach Carl Simonson
2011 Prospects, 2011 NACC (4 individual gold medals, 3 relay gold medals), 2009 NACC, 2008 NACC
- Mack Darragh of the Oakville Aquatic Club – Coach Sean Baker
2011 World Juniors (Bronze Medal in the 200 Fly – Also a Canadian Record in the 15-17 Age Group), 2011 GB Tour, 2010 Aussie Tour, 2010 NACC, , 2009 NACC, 2008 NACC
- Lyam Dias of the Pointe-Claire Swim Club – Coach Ryan Mallette
2011 Nations Cup, 2011 Pan Ams, 2010 Jr. Pan Pacs, 2011 GB Tour
- Jeffrey Swanston of the Newmarket Stingrays – Coach Alan Swanston
2011 World Juniors, 2011-2012 Junior Team, 2010 Prospects, 2010 Jr. Pan Pacs
This bursary is presented each year to young aspirant swimmers to help support their Olympic dreams. Since it's inception, the Victor Davis Memorial Fund has awarded 98 athletes with $1500 bursaries to aid in their training costs.
Thirteen of these athletes were on the 2008 Olympic Team in Beijing, including Olympic bronze medalist Ryan Cochrane
Each year awards are attributed from the Fund to promising, high performance Canadian swimmers to assist them to continue their training, education, and pursuit of medals at the international level.
Individual donations to the Victor Davis fund can be made online at: www.swimming.ca/donations