Canada Puts Together A Strong Para Pan Pacs Team Bound For Pasadena

This is an unedited press release courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

OTTAWA – Swimming Canada is proud to announce its national team for this summer’s Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships.

Set for Aug. 6-10 at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena, Calif., the Para Pan Pacs represents the premier international meet for Canada’s best Para-swimmers in 2014.

The 33-member team features 18 returnees from the group that won 16 medals at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal. That includes Paralympic legend Benoit Huot of Montreal, who won gold in the men’s S10 200-m individual medley, and Brianna Nelson of Victoria, who took gold in the women’s S7 50-m butterfly.

Montreal’s Aurelie Rivard, who won five medals (three silver, two bronze) at IPC Worlds, is also part of a strong contingent of veterans. In addition, Paralympians Nathan Stein of Maple Ridge, B.C., and Adam Purdy of London, Ont., will be making their return to the team.

“This Pan Pacific Para-swimming Team is a strong Team and it the team that is composed of 13 veterans who have attended a Paralympic Games and a World Championship,” said Para-swimming National Coach Craig McCord.

Meanwhile, newcomers Dalton Boon (Winskill, B.C.), Christian Daniel (Calgary), Michael Qing (Regina) and Zach Zona (Simcoe, Ont.) will enter the summer fresh off Canadian record performances at the Can-Am Para-Swimming Championships in Miami. Can-Ams served as the selection meet for Para Pan Pacs, as well as for Commonwealth Games. Those athletes are part of the “2020 Track” group believed to have podium potential for the 2020 Paralympics and are on track to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“This group of swimmers are making huge strides to stay with the rest of the world as we head into a very important second year of the quadrennial on the road to Rio,” McCord said. “We are looking forward to a very busy an exciting summer as we head into Pasadena California for Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships this August.”

Team list:

Swimmer Club Hometown Coach of Record
Camille Bérubé Greater Ottawa Kingfish Gatineau, QC Dave Heinbuch
Morgan Bird Cascade Swim Club (Calgary) Calgary, AB Kristina Crook
Dalton Boon Winskill Dolphins (Ladner, B.C.) Ladner, BC Amy Canuel
Isaac Bouckley CN Neptune St-Jérôme (Que.) Whitby, ON Pierre Lamy
Nathan Clement West Vancouver Otters Swim Club West Vancouver, BC Norman Ng
Andrew Cooke KISU (Penticton, B.C.) Pentiction, BC Jane Bentley
Christian Daniel University of Calgary Swim Club Calgary, AB Jessie Olson-Heisler
Alexander Elliot Region of Waterloo Swim Club (Ont.) Kitchener, ON Russ Franklin
Devin Gotell CN Neptune St-Jérôme (Que.) Antigonish, NS Alexandre Gendron
Benoît Huot CN Piscines du Parc Olympique (Montreal) Longueill, QC  Pierre Lamy
Danielle Kisser Delta Sungod (B.C.) Delta, BC Kurt Murphy
Nydia Langill Ducks Swimming (Newmarket, Ont.) Mississauga, ON Craig Mortimer
Jean-Michel Lavallière CN Neptune St-Jérôme (Que.) Québec City, QC Pierre Lamy
Cameron MacDonald Manitoba Cerebral Palsy Sports Association Winnipeg, MB Karen Williams
Sarah Mehain McGill University / CN Haute Richelieu Vernon, BC Peter Carpenter
Gordie Michie St. Thomas Jumbo Jets (Ont.) St. Thomas, ON Penny Bosma
Justine Morrier Club de natation du Haut-Richelieu (Que.) Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC France Latendrasse
Tyler Mrak Surrey Knights Swim Club (B.C.) Surrey, BC Reg Shaw
Danial Murphy Sackville Waves Aquatic Team (N.S.) Sackville, NS Kevin Ross
Brianna Nelson Island Swimming (Victoria) Cochrane, AB Ryan Gurney
Adam Purdy London Aquatics Club (Ont.) London, ON Andrew Craven
Michael Qing Regina Dolphins Regina, SK Mads Hansen
Adam Rahier Surrey Knights Swim Club (B.C.) Powell River, BC Reg Shaw
Aurélie Rivard Club de natation du Haut-Richelieu (Que.) Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC France Latendresse
Maxime Rousselle Club de natation du Haut-Richelieu (Que.) Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC France Latendresse
Tess Routliffe Dorado Stars Swim Club (Caledon, Ont.) Caledon, ON Courtney Desjardins
Katarina Roxon St. John’s Legends Crippens, NL Leonard Roxon
Samantha Ryan Saskatoon Goldfins Saskatoon, SK Steve Hitchings
Rhea Schmidt University of Manitoba Bisons Winnipeg, MB Vlastimil Cerny
Nathan Stein Surrey Knights Swim Club (B.C.) Maple Ridge, BC Reg Shaw
Donovan Tildesley UBC Dolphins Vancouver, BC Kevin Johns
Nicolas-Guy Turbide CSQ (Quebec City) Québec City, QC Jonathon Blouin
Zachary Zona Norfolk Hammerheads (Simcoe, Ont.) Waterford, ON Trent McNicol


Staff Postiion Hometown
Marj Walton Team Lead Regina, SK
Craig McCord Head Coach Richmond, BC
Pierre Lamy Coach Montreal, QC
France Latendresse Coach Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
Kevin Ross Coach Sackville, NS
Vince Mikuska Coach Chilliwack, BC

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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