Canada names 40 swimmers to Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games team
Huot, Rivard among 15 Canadian Paralympians on squad
Swimming Canada on Monday nominated 40 athletes to its Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games team.
Twenty-four men, including 19-time Paralympic medallist Benoit Huot, and 16 women heard their names announced by Canada's chef de mission Elisabeth Walker-Young at a poolside ceremony at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.
"It is truly a highlight moment in an athlete's career and I can still remember who I was standing next to and what I was wearing on the pool deck when I found out I had made the team for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games," Walker-Young, a four-time Paralympic swimmer, said in a statement released by Swimming Canada.
Besides Huot, a veteran of the national team at age 31, Adam Purdy of London, Ont., was nominated after a seven-year absence. He is a three-time Paralympian and double gold medallist at the 2000 Sydney Games.
On the women's side, Montreal's Aurelie Rivard was named. The 18-year-old won a silver medal at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
The para-swim team is the first of 14 Canada will nominate for selection for the Parapan Am Games, which will be held from Aug. 7-15.