OTTAWA – Swimming Canada is pleased to welcome four additional swimmers and another coach to compete at next month’s Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The additional nominees were made possible after the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced it has dismissed an appeal by the Russian Paralympic Committee against its suspension by the International Paralympic Committee.
The suspension means Russian athletes are not eligible to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games set for Sept. 7 to 18.
The suspension means 267 slots that had been secured by Russian athletes will be distributed by the IPC to International Federations. The Canadian Paralympic Committee contacted Swimming Canada and offered the availability to nominate four additional athletes and one coach, which were identified by the IPC by athlete and event for inclusion.
The new nominees will increase Canada’s Paralympic swim team to 26 swimmers and five coaches.
“We are thrilled to include these new additions on the Canadian Para-swimming team that will compete in Rio,” said James Hood, Swimming Canada’s senior manager, high performance Para-swimming programs. “We want to thank the International Paralympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee for the chance to make our team stronger.”
The nominees are:
First Name Last Name Club (incl. HPC) Coach of Record Hometown
Camille Bérubé GO Kingfish Swim Club Dave Heinbuch Gatineau, QC
Jean-Michel Lavallière PSITPQ / CNSJ Mike Thompson Quebec City, QC
Zack McAllister LA Swim Club Peter Schori Lethbridge, AB
Danial Murphy Sackville Waves Aquatic Team Kevin Ross Bedford, N.S.
Johanne Girardin Rouge et or (UL) Quebec City, QC