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Kippens native Katarina Roxon picked up a gold and two bronze at the 2018 Japan Para Swimming Championships over the weekend.
Para swimmer Katarina Roxon of Kippens, shown in this file photo, finished second in two events — the 100-metre freestyle and 200m individual medley — at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto. - Contributed

After winning two silver medals at Canadian Trials, Newfoundlander has been chosen to compete with national team at the next world para swimming championships

Updated to show Roxon selected for Canada's world championship team

Katarina Roxon doesn’t know where or when it will happen. But she’s going to take on the world.


After winning two silver medals at the Canadian Swimming Trials, which wrapped up Sunday in Toronto, the 26-year-old from Kippens on Newfoundland’s west coast has been named to the Canadian team for the next world para swimming championships.

Roxon is a veteran of international competitions, having been part of three Paralympic Games, including 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, where she won a gold medal in a 100-metre freestyle event. She’s also been a member of Canadian teams in the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific championships

This year’s world championships were originally awarded to Kuching, Malaysia. However, the International Paralympic Committee stripped Kuching of the event because the Malaysian government refused to allow Israeli athletes into the country to compete

A new location and dates have yet to be announced.

Roxon, who had a birthday Friday, finished second in the para multi-class 200-metre individual medley on Sunday, the final day of the Trials, which are used to select Canadian teams for upcoming world championships and other international events.

Roxon (AASC), who also was fifth in the para 100m breaststroke, wasn’t the only Newfoundlander to swim in a final on the weekend.

Owen Daly of St. John’s, who trains out of the CAMO club in Montreal, was seventh in the men’s 200-metre freestyle Saturday. It was a second A final for Daly, who had been eighth in the 100m free. Daly also made it to a B final on Sunday, finishing 18th overall in the 50m free.

Roxon and Daly were two of seven Newfoundlanders were entered in a total of 20 events in Toronto.

The others were Noah Cumby, Max Kelly, Emily Ricketts, Kate Sullivan and Kate Williams.

Kelly, Ricketts and Williams are all members of the St. John’s Legends, as is Cumby, who swims for Texas Christian University on an NCAA Division One athletic scholarship and made it to a B final in the 100m free at the Trials.

Sullivan, who had two 12th-place finishes at the national competition, is a product of the Mount Pearl Marlins, but now trains out of the Ontario High Performance Centre in Toronto.

Here are the full results (final overall), with placing and times, for the Newfoundlanders competing in the Trials, which are used to select Canada’s teams for world championships and other international competitions:

Noah Cumby

17th, 50m butterfly, 25.49 seconds

18th (B final), 100 free, 51.56

23rd, 200m free, 1:53.79

27th, 50 free, 24.09


Owen Daly

8th (A final), 100m free, 50.06

7th (A final), 200m free, 1:51.35

18th (B final), 50m free, 23.59


Max Kelly

35th, 100m breaststroke, 1:07.64

37th, 50m breaststroke, 31.33


Emily Ricketts

53rd, 200m breaststroke, 2:45.12

51st, 100m breaststroke, 1:16.48

43rd, 50m breaststroke, 34.70


Katarina Roxon

2nd, para (multi-class) 100m free, 1:08.61

5th, para (multi-class) 100m breaststroke, 1:27.50

2nd, para (multi-class) 200m individual medley, 2:45.81


Kate Sullivan

12th, 800m Freestyle, 9 minutes and 4.96 seconds

12th, 1,500m freestyle, 17:31.14

19th, 400m freestyle, 4:24.51

37th, 200m freestyle, 2:06.47


Kate Williams

43rd, 200m backstroke, 2:22.20

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