Okanagan swimmer to make Paralympic World Championships debut – Lake Country Calendar
He didn’t swim as fast as he wanted at the Canadian Para Swimming Trials in Victoria in April.
Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw was therefore a little surprised, but excited, when it was announced that he had been named to the Canadian team for the World Para Swimming Championships, which take place June 12-18 in Madeira, in Portugal.
“Coming to worlds is really cool,” said Brayshaw, 19, one of the youngest swimmers on the Canadian team who will be making his world championship debut on the opening day of the event. on June 12, in the 50 meters. breaststroke.
He is part of a large Canadian contingent in Portugal that includes a mix of former Paralympians and youngsters hoping to earn a spot on the 2024 Canadian Paralympic Swimming Team competing in Paris. Brayshaw represented Canada at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, finishing with two sixth-place results.
“They (Swimming Canada) have chosen a great team looking to pass the torch to young swimmers like me,” said Brayshaw, an engineering student at UBCO who swims for the KISU club in Penticton when not training. not at the Vernon Recreation Complex Aquatic Center under the guidance of a trainer. Renate Terpstra. He left for a Team Canada staging camp in England on May 27, then flew to Portugal.
“I hope to be able to showcase myself, especially in the relays, with a view to being part of the Paris team.”
In Portugal, Brayshaw will swim the 50 breaststroke individually, then hope to be selected for a pair of 20-point relay events on June 13-14.
Brayshaw, who has muscular dystrophy, is classified as an S2 swimmer. The lower the number, the higher the handicap. 20 point relays feature teams of four whose added class numbers cannot exceed 20 points.
“I’m a 2, so it’s hardly any points,” said Brayshaw, who would bring the weak points, talent and enthusiasm to a Canadian relay team. But no experience.
Brayshaw has never raced a relay before.
“I want to swim with PBs (personal bests) in my events and if I can do a relay that would be really cool, I don’t know what to expect, and I don’t know what our chances would be. ”
A person full of confidence is Terpstra, who has worked with Brayshaw for almost seven years, although she will not be in Portugal.
“We are a very good team now,” said Terpstra. “Jacob is very coachable. He is swimming very well in training so I am calm and confident that he will do well in Portugal.
The relay events would be Brayshaw’s last races at the Para Worlds. He will stay in Portugal until June 20 to do some sightseeing, computer programming homework for his engineering summer course and put down roots with his Canadian teammates.
“I plan to be one of the biggest cheerleaders after my events,” he said.
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