(TORONTO, ON) – Swimming Canada handed out several awards before the second day of competition at the Canada Cup. The Youth and Junior Swimmers of the Year were recognized along with their coaches, and the recipients of the Victor Davis Awards were also announced.
The Youth and Junior Swimmers of the Year are Canada’s highest ranked in the world for their age. Meanwhile, their coaches receive the Swimming Canada/CSCTA Coach of the Year Award.
Olympian Brittany MacLean was named Junior Female Swimmer of the Year at her home pool. Etobicoke Swim Club Coach Kevin Thorburn received the corresponding coach award. Sydney Pickrem was named Youth Female Swimmer of the Year.
The Brothers brothers swept the male categories, with Peter Brothers taking the Youth Male Swimmer of the Year, while Will Brothers earned the Junior Male Swimmer of the Year award. Their coach, Aaron Dahl of Island Swimming in Victoria, was also recognized.
This year six young swimmers were awarded bursaries from the Victor Davis Memorial Fund: Frederique Cigna from CAMO Natation in Montreal, Teddy Kalp from the North York (Ont.) Aquatic Club, Daniel Kuiack of the Barrie (Ont.) Trojans, Lili Margitai from Edmonton Keyano, Kristina Steins from Dolphin Swimming in Oakville, Ont., and Evan White from the Oakville Aquatic Club.
The Victor Davis Memorial Fund was established to remember Davis, the former Olympic and world champion who died in 1989 at age 25. Each year high performance Canadian swimmers receive bursaries to help them continue their training, education, and pursuit of international medals. The bursaries are meant as a way to encourage other young Canadians toward excellence while recognizing Davis’s contribution to competitive swimming in Canada.