To begin this series, we want to congratulate the very first group of athletes named to Canada’s Pan and Parapan American Teams – the swimmers!
Swimming Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee officially nominated 40 of the nation’s best para-swimmers to the Team on March 23rd. The announcement, done poolside at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) where the Para-Swimming competition will take place during the Games, saw 24 men and 16 women be selected to represent Canada. Of these athletes, nine are from Ontario:
- Two-time Paralympic Gold Medallist (2000) – Adam Purdy, London, ON
- Isaac Bouckley, Oshawa, ON
- Alexander Elliot, Waterloo, ON
- Nydia Langill, Mississauga, ON
- Gordie Michie, St Thomas, ON
- Tess Routliffe, Caledon, ON
- Chris Sergeant, Kingston, ON
- Abi Tripp, Kingston, ON
- Zach Zona, Waterford, ON
19-time Paralympic medallist, Benoit Huot (Longueuil, QC), who trains in Toronto with Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre – Ontario under coach Ben Titley (Canada’s Head Coach for Swimming at the Pan Am Games) was also named to the team.
Benoit moved his training to Toronto in preparation for making the Parapan Am Games Team and eventually the 2016 Rio Paralympic Team, training daily in the Competition Pool for the 2015 Games. At the 2007 Parapan Am Games Benoit collected seven medals, including three gold. Benoit didn’t compete in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2011 because those Games held in November of that year conflicted with his training for the 2012 Paralympics, so he is itching to reclaim his spot atop the podium this summer.
Less than two weeks after the Parapan Am Team announcement, the Canadian Olympic Committee in conjunction with Swimming Canada nominated the Pan Am Games swim team to Team Canada. The announcement, which followed the conclusion of the 2015 Team Canada Trials was also held poolside at TPASC, named 36 athletes to the team.
The Ontario-based swimming athletes who will represent Canada at the Toronto 2015 Games are:
- Alyson Ackman, Pembroke, ON
- Dominique Bouchard, Chelmsford, ON
- Hilary Caldwell, White Rock, ON
- Zack Chetrat, Oakville, ON
- Santo Condorelli, Kenora, ON
- Alex Loginov, Toronto, ON
- Brittany MacLean, Toronto, ON
- Martha McCabe, Toronto, ON
- Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, Ottawa, ON
- Tera Van Beilen, Oakville, ON
- Evan Van Moerkerke, Tilsonburg, ON
- Evan White, Oakville, ON
- Michelle Williams, Toronto, ON
Evan White, Evan Van Moerkerke, Tera Van Beilen, Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, Brittany MacLean, Dominique Bouchard, and Martha McCabe are all former Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) program athletes. OHPSI is a program designed by CSIO to provide sport science and sport medicine services to athletes who are best capable of achieving future international success on senior national teams in targeted winter and summer sports.
Martha, along with fellow Ontario swimmers, Michelle Williams and Zack Chetrat, swim out of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre – Ontario under Head Coach Ben Titley. Chantal Van Landeghem, (Winnipeg, MB) and Sandrine Mainville (Boucherville, QC), who also made the Pan Am Team, are a part of the Ontario training centre as well.
Aside from being able to train in the Competition Pool for the Toronto 2015 Games, the High Performance Centre – Ontario athletes have access to CSIO’s state-of-the-art facility, providing them with a world-class daily training environment, all housed under one roof at TPASC. CSIO works with the swimmers through an Integrated Support Team of sport science and sport medicine practitioners lead by Ryan Atkison, Lead Biomechanics & Performance Analysis and consists of a team that includes biomechanics, nutrition, strength and conditioning, physiology, athletic therapy, sport medicine and mental performance. The sport science and medicine team work together with the athletes and coaching staff to provide holistic support to the athletes as they strive to reach the podium at the 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games and beyond.