The Region of Waterloo Swim Club (ROW) continues to produce some of the nation’s best swimmers. Since the club’s founding in 1976, a number of national, international and Olympic champions have trained with ROW. Swimmers like Laura Nicholls, Mike West, Jennifer Button, Keith Beavers and Victor Davis have all represented Canada.
Those who are old enough to remember the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics can vividly remember Victor Davis’s victory fist-pump after winning the gold medal in the 200-metre breaststroke in a world record time.
Six ROW swimmers will have their opportunity to qualify for the Olympics as they have each met the time standards to compete at the 2016 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials. (The events determine who will represent Canada in Rio this summer.) John Fauteux, Adam MacKenzie, and Jasmine Raines will compete for a place on the Olympic team while brothers Alec and Aidan Elliot, along with Cameron McCuaig, will be swimming for places on the Paralympic team.
Continuing to ride a high from this summer’s Pan Am/Parapan Games in Toronto is Alec Elliot. Alec medalled in five of his six events and is looking to continue his success with a place on the Canadian Paralympic team in Rio. Alec will have to beat a number of talented swimmers including his younger brother Aidan.
All of the these swimmers have dedicated years of their lives to training for countless hours and swimming numerous kilometres to take off the seconds, or even hundredths of a second, that separate the top-level swimmers — the difference in either making or not making the Olympic and Paralympic teams.
The Olympic and Para-Swimming Trials are being held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Complex, April 5 to 10, 2016.