The inaugural Ontario Junior International swim meet on December 5-7 at the new Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) was a fast meet, full of close races and record breaking times. This meet also served as a test event for the facility for upcoming National meets and Pan Am Games protocols.
From Swim Ontario Executive Director, John Vadeika:
The first ever Ontario Junior International achieved our organizational, strategic and performance expectations. Simply put, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! We are very happy for the successful performances of the athletes and coaches. Providing one of the best environments in the world with one of the best facilities in the world so that the athletes can perform to world class top 10 and 20 world ranked performances was exactly the vision we had in mind some 24 months ago. Having athletes from across Canada, excited to test themselves and achieve national age group record performances was exceptionally satisfying. But, this kind of environment can’t be created without first the realization of a world class facility, and then having the means to bring teams and athletes from outside and across Canada together, who are committed to raise the performance bar to a world class level.
There is a small amount of pride in having been able to take the vision from 24 months ago, with all of those challenges, and build it into a viable first-class competition. We had tremendous support from our officials, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors in achieving the goal of developing what we hope will grow into a world class swim meet. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who contributed to that success.
In the next few weeks, as we move forward with planning next year’s event, we are going to assess both our successes and challenges and evaluate all of the opportunities we may have to make the event better. Certainly having our friends from the United States return in force is one goal, as is inviting, encouraging and convincing our European colleagues to attend this event as well.
Up next, is a competition hosting program that includes the Para Pan Am Trials in March followed two weeks later by the Swimming Canada Pan Am Trials and then of course many of our volunteers and officials will go into the Pan Am and Para Pan Am games mode. We have a busy 12 months ahead for our talented team of volunteers.
15-17 Girls 100 Back - Danielle Hanus - NEW - 58.19 (also an Ontario 15-17 and Open record)
13-14 Girls 50 Free - Rebecca Smith - RDCSC - 25.40
13-14 Girls 100 Free - Penny Oleksiak - TSC - 54.49 (also an Ontario 13-14 record)
13-14 Girls 200 Free - Penny Oleksiak - TSC - 1:57.43 (also an Ontario 13-14 record)
15-17 Girls 100 Fly - Danika Huizinga - AJAX - 59.55
15-17 Boys 100 Back - Javier Acevedo - AJAX - 52.90
13-14 Girls 50 Free - Penny Oleksiak - TSC - 25.51
Nadia Nabhan broke several Lebanese records at OJI
50 Free - 27.36
200 Free - 2:07.91
400 Free - 4:31.51
800 Free - 9:26.00
100 Fly - 1:04.78
100 Back - 1:04.25
200 Back - 2:24.99
John Seliskar (NCAP) was the Male Aggregate High Point award winner as well as the Male World Class Performance award winner with his 200 fly which ranks him 7th in the world and Newmarket Stingrays Danielle Hanus was the female winner of the Aggregate High Point and Female World Class Performance with her 100 back ranking her 20th in the world.
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