Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 10, 2009 14:06 ET

Statement by the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), Congratulating Canadian Medallists at the Para-Swimming World Short Course Championships for Swimmers with a Disability

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2009) - Stephanie Dixon and Brian Hill won two gold medals each at the Para-Swimming World Short Course Championships.

A resident of Victoria, British Columbia, Dixon clocked 1:07.83 in the women's S9 100 backstroke on December 4, beating her previous world record of 1:08.82, set in Edmonton in 2005. This was Dixon's second gold medal of the event. She won the S9 400 freestyle on Wednesday, with a time of 4:38.84-another world record.

Brian Hill of Duncan, British Columbia, won the men's S13 100 butterfly, earning gold and setting a world record with a time of 57.04 seconds. Hill also won gold and set a new world record in the S13 100 backstroke, clocking 59.30 seconds. He finished with a bronze in the S13 100 freestyle as well.

Other Canadian medallists were Benoit Huot, of Montreal, who won four silver medals. British Columbia resident, Sarah Mehain from Vernon, won a silver medal. Brianna Nelson from Victoria, along with Amber Thomas of Drayton Valley, Alberta, each won double bronze. Gatineau, Quebec's Camille Berube also won a bronze medal for her performance.

Sport is a defining part of Canada's identity. Every medal won by our Canadian athletes brings us together in celebration and pride and inspires all Canadians to strive to be their very best. Our Government recognizes the hard work and dedication of our athletes.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Government of Canada, and all Canadians, I would like to heartily congratulate all of our medallists on their performance at the Para-Swimming World Short Course Championships. We are all proud of your tremendous achievements.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Vanessa Schneider
    Director of Communications
    819-934-1191
    vanessa.schneider@pch.gc.ca