GAGNON AND SYNCHRO TEAM RECEIVE AFC AWARDS
Montminy of Pointe-Claire, Que., swimmer Philippe Gagnon of
Ste-Foy, Que., and the women's synchronized swimming team
Wednesday by the
Aquatic Federation of Canada.
Montminy was named
the female athlete of the year. The 25-year-old law graduate,
won two medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She earned silver
on women's synchronized 10-metres with partner Emilie Heymans
of Montreal and an individual bronze on 10-metre platform,
a first ever medal for Canada in the event. She was Canada's
only double medallist at the Games. Her performance capped
a great season which included a silver at the FINA World Cup
in January, three medals on the Grand Prix circuit and her
eighth senior national title.
Gagnon, 20, received
male athlete of the year honors. He won three gold medals-
the 100 and 400 freestyle and 4X100 medley relay-all in world
record time as well as a silver and bronze at the Paralympic
Games last month in Sydney. He was Swimming/Natation Canada's
male swimmer with a disability of the year in 1998 and 1999.
For the second
straight year the Canadian women's synchronized swimming team
won the team of the year award. The Canadians took the bronze
in the team event at the Olympic Games with a spectacular
and popular routine called Olympic Dreams. Canada has won
a medal in synchro at every Olympics since the sport was added
to the Games family in 1984. Team members are Erin Chan and
Reidun Tatham, both of Calgary; Jessica Chase and Catherine
Garceau, both of Montreal; Jacinthe Taillon of Ste-Eustache,
Que.; Fanny Letourneau of Deux-Montagnes, Que.; Lyne Beaumont
of Pont-Rouge, Que.; Claire Carver-Dias of Mississauga, Ont.;
Kirstin Normand, Edmonton and Lesley Wright of Saskatoon.
The Aquatic Federation
of Canada is the umbrella organization for Swimming/Natation
Canada, Water Polo Canada, Synchro Canada and the Canadian
Amateur Diving Association.
For more information:
Penny Joyce, Swimming/Natation Canada, tel: (613) 260-1348
Pascale Gauthier, Canadian Amateur Diving Association, tel:
(613) 736-523 Colin Timm, Synchro Canada, tel: (613) 748-5674