Shelby Newkirk Breaks S7 100 BK World Record Twice At Canadian Trials


Saskatoon’s Shelby Newkirk broke her own S7 100 back world record twice on day 2 of the Canadian Swimming Trials in Edmonton, doing so in both prelims and finals.

In the heats, she clocked 1:21.42, taking out her record from last year by .01. She then lowered it in the final down to 1:20.13, winning the event with 1049 points.

“I’m so excited about it all,” said the 22-year-old who has generalized dystonia, a progressive neurological disorder similar to Parkinson’s.

“This morning I was really happy with my last 30 metres but the first bit I knew I could work on,” said Newkirk. “I knew if I could get that first 50 faster I would be able to beat it no problem. I’m going to keep training and try and go as fast as I can.”

Another world mark almost went down in the S10 100 freestyle, where 2016 Paralympic Champion Aurelie Rivard clocked 1:00.42 to finish .35 off her own world record of 1:00.07.

“Every since I broke (that record) three years ago I wanted to break it again,” said Rivard. “It’s on my mind every year. I would like to be break it. It’s been there long enough.”

Also of note from day 2 was Paralympic legend Benoit Huot announcing he would forgo Pan Pac qualification this year with the 34-year-old expecting a baby in the near future.

All quotes courtesy of Swimming Canada.

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Awesome! Congratulations to you. Shows us all what triumph looks like.


And yet again the classification system fails us…


she swam an 8 minute 400 free a couple months ago when she got classified. Amazing improvement she has made since then

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James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times - SCM (LCM) 50 FR - 24.56 (25.12) 100 FR - 53.58 (56.70) 200 FR - 1:56.07 (2:04.29) 1500 …

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