Thunderbolts Next Generation Shine in Southern Ontario
December 14, 2017
THUNDERBOLTS NEXT GENERATION SHINE IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO!!This past weekend a group of ten Thunderbolts 12 and Under's attended the 2017 Dash for Cash hosted by the Guelph Marlins at the University of Guelph Gold Pool.The athletes that attended showed some strong racing development since their last competition in November by attaining over 90% personal best times and over 30 Top 10 finishes against some high level competition.Nine year old Matthew Foulds had an incredible weekend winning GOLD in each of his 9 individual events. Teammate Rudy Balabuck added a Bronze medal in the 10 and under division. Athletes Abby Gignac, Mackenzie Thompson, Maggie Chisholm, and Madeleine Bourget all contributed to the individual Top 10 total! Prospects Coach Casey Leslie added that “while the racing was strong, the team spirit was awesome. The kids did a great job cheering each other on and that inspired some big time drops."While the younger Bolts competed in Guelph, 14 Year Old Hannah Johnsen attended the first of three Swim Ontario Youth Performance Camps that will take place over the course of the season. The camp which was directed towards athletes 12-15 years of age, identified athletes who are leading the province in their respective age groups as part of the Vision 2020 plan. Head Coach Stu McLean was extremely excited about how the camp unfolded adding that “Hannah showed herself to be willing to learn and adapt in a high performance environment. I think she definitely took a few key points away from the weekend.”The Thunderbolts are back to work this week preparing for the final competition of the 2017 calendar year. The Manitoba/Saskatchewan Short Course Championships will be held this upcoming weekend at the Pan Am Pool in Winnipeg, Manitoba.