There’s not much for a competitive swimmer to think about once they’re standing on the pool deck with their hours and days and weeks of training behind them. There’s no strategy or game planning at play in the moment; the sole imperative is to get in the zone. And so with headphones on, flowing pump-up music into her ears, Regan Rathwell prepared to dive into a pool next to girls as many as five years her senior.
One of the Ottawa Rowing Club’s oarswoman-on-the-rise is hoping that an improved performance at the international regatta where she debuted last year will steer her to a stream heading for the Olympic Games.
The Pan American Games are close to the peak for Ottawa squash player Samantha Cornett, whose sport is not on the Olympic programme. She is one of 22 local athletes representing Canada at Lima 2019.
Eric Peters will take his bow to his first Pan American Games later this month.
Joanna Brown’s start to this year’s triathlon season has been about testing limits, strength and perseverance.
The Rideau Canoe Club held its annual Canada Day International Regatta again this year, bringing athletes from around the world to the Ottawa event that doubled as the East Sprint Canada Cup.
The 2019 Pan American Fencing Championships were another step in the journeys of resilience of Ottawa fencers Kelleigh Ryan and John Wright.