19-year-old Summer Mortimer from Ancaster is one of 24 swimmers nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Committee for its 2012 London Paralympic Team. Mortimer lowered her World record mark in the 50 freestyle in March during Paralympic Trials:
“This being my first games, I couldn’t be more excited,” said quadruple World Champion Mortimer. “Our team is amazing and we’re a country to watch out for. I can’t wait to experience the excitement and spirit of the athletes and competition and embrace the positive energy of the games.”
The selection process for Canadian swimmers was based on the performances at the 2012 Olympic and the trials held in Montreal. Following IPC Swimming confirmation of qualification slot numbers to Canada, nine men and 15 women will represent Canada in the pool from Aug. 30 to Sept. 8 in London.
“The 2012 Canadian Paralympic trials were the most competitive ever in Canadian Para-swimming history and the result is a team that is a high quality mix of multi-games Paralympians and first-timers. They are excited to swim very fast and assist Canada in reaching the goal of being within the top eight in the gold medal standings at the Games” said Craig McCord, Swimming Canada’s Para-swimming National.
Over 900 athletes Worldwide produced qualifying standards for the London Games with 593 spots available. This summer, 66 countries will compete in the various swimming events at the Paralympics in London making it the most competitive games ever.
In addition to Mortimer’s performance, Canada’s Paralympic swimmers have four-time Paralympian Benoit Huot of Montreal, who has eclipsed the World Record in the 200IM.
While the 24 swimmers have returned to their respective home pools to prepare for London, the team will reunite in Winnipeg at the end of July to compete at the Speedo Can/Am Para-swimming Championships.
Detailed team list available at: www.swimming.ca/2012ParalympicGames.