Mortimer tunes up for Paralympics with a win

Ancaster’s Summer Mortimer grabbed a first place finish Friday night (July 20) at the 2012 Speedo CAN/AM Para-swimming Championships.

Mortimer touched first in the women’s 100 free style in the S10 division. The Can Ams are the last racing opportunity for the 24 member-strong Paralympic Games swimming team heading to London to compete from Aug. 29-Sept. 9.

Canadian Paralympic team member Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., showed why he is one of Canada’s top young stars in Para swimming on as he won all three races in his disability class

The 20-year-old Stein, who races in the S10 category, placed first in the 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. Other Canadian winners in the 100 freestyle included veteran Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver in S11, Devin Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., in S13 and Zack McAllister of Lethbridge, Alta., in S8.

Stein’s closest race was in the 100 breaststroke in which he clocked 1:16.45, about a second ahead of Cody Bureau the U.S.

The Canadian women also had success in the 100 freestyle led by world record holder Valérie Grand’Maison of Montreal who clocked a solid 1:00.92 in the S13 class for visually impaired.

Other Canadian winners in the 100 free were Jana Murphy of Okotoks, Alta., in S14, Amber Thomas of Drayton Valley, Alta., in S11, Morgan Bird of Calgary in S8 and Sarah Mehain of Victoria in S7.

Mehain added a second gold in the 50 butterfly as did Kasko in the 100 breaststroke.