Triple gold for Brianna Nelson at Can-Am Para-swimming Championships

EDMONTON – Brianna Nelson (ISC) of Victoria is not resting on her laurels heading into the 2015 season as she won her three races on Saturday at the Can-Am Para-swimming Championships being held this weekend at the Kinsmen Sports Centre.

Nelson, a Paralympic Games and world championship medallist, posted victories in the 200-m individual medley, 50-m butterfly and 50-m freestyle in the S7 disability category.

‘’There are a lot of talented up and comers and I want to make sure I’m on track to reach my goals for next year,’’ said Nelson, 22. ‘’I absolutely want to go to the world championships and the Parapan American Games. Tonight I was most happy with 200 IM especially the butterfly leg.’’

Meanwhile Adam Purdy of London, Ont., who ended an eight-year retirement in 2014, posted the victory in the men’s S6 50-m butterfly.

‘’It’s been fantastic to be back competing again,’’ said Purdy, 33, a silver medallist in the 50-m backstroke at the Para Pan Pacific Championships in August. ‘’I’m getting a lot of energy from the younger kids plus I’m capitalizing on my experience. I just feel like I’m a more aware athlete than I use to be.’’

While Nelson and Purdy are established national team members, 16-year-old James Leroux of Repentigny is still getting his feet wet. Making the Parapan Am team next year would be a big accomplishment for the youngster.

‘’I’ll certainly have to swim faster than I did tonight,’’ said Leroux, who raced in the 50-m butterfly and 100-m breaststroke Saturday ‘’I tried to put in new techniques I’ve been learning into my races and it was a bit hit and miss. The times were slower than I expected.’’

Canadian records were set by Alicia Denoon of Guelph, Ont., in the women’s S10 1500-m freestyle, Riley McLean (VKSC) of Vernon, B.C., in the men’s S4 50-m butterfly and Justine Morrier of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., in the men’s S14 50-m butterfly.

Competition ends Sunday.

Full results: https://www.swimming.ca/liveresults/2014canam/