Pointe-Claire athletes make their mark on the national and international level
The mayor of Pointe-Claire, Morris Trudeau, is proud to highlight the performance of the athletes of the Pointe-Claire Aquatic Club, who distinguished themselves at competitions that took place in the past few weeks.
The Dive Club excelled at the World Championships and at the Junior Elite National Championships, while the Swim Club performed well at the Canadian Junior Championships.
“Our athletes excel in their discipline and at all levels of competition. It is an honour for the city to be represented by such talented athletes dedicated to their sport. They are an inspiration for younger athletes and a source of pride for us all,” states Mayor Trudeau.
The Dive Club won three medals at the World Championships, which took place in Budapest from July 14 to 30. Jennifer Abel once again distinguished herself with her excellent and consistent performance, winning silver in the synchronized 3‑m springboard and two bronze medals in the mixed 3‑m springboard and the women’s 3‑m springboard. At only 14 years old, Nathan Zsombor-Murray is already a promising athlete, reaching fifth place with Meaghan Benfeito in the mixed 10‑m platform. As for Meaghan Benfeito, she also placed fourth in the synchronized 10‑m and eighth in the 10‑m platform.
At the Junior Elite National Championships, held in Montréal from July 20 to 23, Mia Vallée won gold in the 3‑m springboard and bronze in the synchronized 3‑m with Sarah Jodoin di Maria, Thomas Ciprick won two gold medals in the 3‑m and synchronized 3‑m events and two silvers in the 1‑m and 10‑m platform events, Nathan Zsombor-Murray earned a gold and bronze medal for the 10‑m platform and 1‑m springboard respectively, and Erin Field won the bronze medal in the 10‑m platform.
The Swim Club was named the best team at the Canadian Junior Championships, which were held in Toronto on July 26 to 31. The cohesion of the team and the talent of the athletes were highlighted with two bronze medals in the boys’ and girls’ 4×100‑m freestyle relay. The boys’ team included Kyle Douglas, Jeremy Land, Emil Goin, and Robert McRae. Aela Janvier, Katrina Brathwaite, Kyra Schweers, and Alexia Ferguson were on the girls’ team.
In individual events, Aela Janvier won gold in the 400‑m and 200‑m medley and in the 200‑m breaststroke, as well as bronze in the 200‑m backstroke in the girls’ 17‑18 age group, and was awarded the swimmer of the meet in her category. Her teammate Katrina Brathwaite won two silver medals in the 200‑m and 100‑m breaststroke. On the boys’ side, Emil Goin won gold in the 200‑m butterfly, while Charles Millette, Jeremy Land, Maximillian Hunger and Robert McRae all won a bronze medal (in the 200‑m medley, 200‑m breaststroke, 200‑m freestyle, and 400‑m medley respectively).
“This is the outcome of hard work, passion, and remarkable discipline. We are proud to have so many talented athletes in our community, to support them, and to see their results,” concludes Mayor Trudeau.
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