Olympic Trials Results

Eye Opening Experience for Dekker

April 6, 2012

                Touted as some of the fastest, most exciting swimming in Canada for a long time, this year’s Canadian Olympic-Paralympic Trials were a treat to see.  While most people settled for watching the meet on CBC or via Swimming Canada’s live webcast, Nicolaas Dekker (17) lived it.

                Dekker, who swims for the Richmond Rapids Swim Club achieved qualifying times for the event and travelled to Montreal to participate.  He had the opportunity to watch Canadian Olympic hopefuls vie for spots on the team to London and to compete against the best swimmers in the country. 

                Dekker placed top 50 in the 200 fly (the event he qualified the meet in) and was a personal best in the 100 fly.

The meet was an eye opener for Dekker.  Having never competed at the senior national level it was an opportunity for him to see what it takes to make senior national teams.  To watch the skills of senior level athletes and the intensity with which they train and compete was very valuable to the young swimmer.

Head Coach of the Richmond Rapids, Rob Pettifer was very pleased with the way his athlete represented himself.   Pettifer hopes that for the next quadrennial Richmond swimmers will be there in stronger force.

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