Canada has announced their team for the Para World Swimming Championship on Monday, following the completion of the Canadian championships which ended in Windsor on Sunday.
The big hope from Canada is S7 swimmer Shelby Newkirk who broke the Canadian and Americas records for the 50m and 100m backstroke. Newkirk is the world leader in both of those events following her performances in Windsor.
Other winners at the national championship on the squad include Morgan Bird who won the women’s 100m freestyle S8. Another winner of the women’s 100m freestyle, Aurelie Rivard will swim in her S10 classification. In the medley Tess Routliffe won the women’s 200m individual medley in the SM7 classification, with Katrina Roxon winning the SM9 classification. Roxon also claimed the women’s 50m backstroke S9 and was a member of the winning women’s 4x100m medley relay 34 points side, which also contained Abi Tripp who is joining the national team.
From the men’s side the winners at the Canadian Championships going to the Worlds include 100m freestyle S10 Alexander Elliot. Another S10 classified athlete, 20 time Paralympic medallist, Benoit Huot continued his strong career winning the 200m individual medley SM10 to qualify for the world championships. Philippe Vachon comes in to the team having won the 100m freestyle S8.
The most notable squad member on the men’s side comes in another 200m individual medley classification the SM13 event. Nicholas-Guy Turbide won the race in the Canadian Championships in a Canadian and Americas record claiming an easy victory while also winning the 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle.
Canada has a strong side ahead of the world championships where they will be looking to have a strong showing.