Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Penny Oleksiak, Aurelie Rivard among National Swimming Award Winners

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Penny Oleksiak, Aurelie Rivard among National Swimming Award Winners

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Oleksiak named Canadian female swimmer of the year

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TORONTO - Toronto's Penny Oleksiak was recognized for her breakthrough performance at the Rio Olympics on Friday by being named the female swimmer of the year by Swimming Canada.

The 16-year-old Oleksiak made her Olympic debut in Rio and came away as Canada's most decorated summer Olympian in a single Games with four medals, including a gold in the 100-metre freestyle.

On the Paralympic side, Aurelie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., was awarded with the Canadian female Para-swimmer of the year for the third year in a row.

Also a four-time medallist, the 20-year-old Rivard set world records in the S10 50 and 400 freestyle. Rio was her second Paralympic appearance after competing in London four years ago, where she won a silver medal in the 400 freestyle.

Quebec City's Nicolas-Guy Turbide was named Canada's male Para-swimmer of the year, with his highlight being a bronze medal in the S13 100 backstroke. …

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