Red Deer Catalina Swim Club’s Josh Young will be moving to the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific Swimming NextGen program in Victoria this upcoming fall to continue his training under the supervision of coach Brad Dingey.
The program is designed for athletes selected to attend the program who fall within Swimming Canada’s “On-Track” age-range for at least two events.
Young will be training within the High Performance Centre-Victoria where he’ll receive oversight from head coach Ryan Mallette. Mallette is one of Canada’s Olympic coaches for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Primarily a breaststroker, Young is already a Olympic Trials qualifier in several events. This past April he competed in the 100m freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and 200m breaststroke at the Canadian Olympic Trials in April. His best result was a 29th place finish in the 100 free.
On the age-group level he’s been phenomenal. He made five individual finals at this year’s Ontario Junior International where he recorded two fourth place finishes in the 50 and 200m breaststrokes respectively.
Last summer he earned two gold medals at the Canadian Age Group Championships, claiming victories in the 50m breaststroke and 400m IM.
He’s currently competing at the 2016 Canadian Age Group Championships. Thus far he’s finished with one individual gold medal, claiming victory in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 29.27. Young has several events to go this week.
Young will join the NextGen program in Victoria at the start of next season.
YOUNG’S BEST TIMES (LC)
100 free – 54.46
50 breast – 29.27
100 breast -1:05.75
200 breast – 2:22.35
200 IM – 2:09.91
400 IM – 4:41.47