As the host country for the 2015 Para Pan Am Games, Toronto was treated to a remarkable display of swimming supremacy as Canada’s women went on to dominate in the pool. A total of 14 gold medals were won by six different Canadian female swimmers, capturing the hearts and minds of sports fans throughout Canada.
On August 9, Morgan Bird set a winning tone for the remainder of the week as she earned the gold medal in the Women’s 400m Freestyle S8(S7-8) along with the Women’s 50m Freestyle S8.
The following day, Aurelie Rivard would establish herself as the superstar of the Para Pan Am Games. Of note, the gold medal in the Women’s 100m Butterfly S10(S8-10) and the Women’s 50m Freestyle S10 would prove to be the first two among five gold medal triumphs.
Rivard’s golden ways continued as she obtained the gold in the Women’s 100m Backstroke S10. She would continue to accumulate gold in Women’s 400m Freestyle S10 and Women’s 200m IM SM10(SM9-10)
In addition, Tess Routliffe would prove to be just as remarkable in the pool. With four gold medals, she was one short of tying Rivard for the lead. She began her quest for gold on August 10 with the best time in the Women’s 50m Freestyle S7. On August, she once again finished on top with the best time in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB7. On the same day, she would capture gold
in the Women’s 100m Freestyle S7. The following day, she earned the gold in the Women’s 100m Backstroke S7
Other Canadian swimmers earning gold at the Para Pan Am Games were Katarina Roxon, victorious in the finals of the Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB8. Justine Morrier captured gold in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB14 on August 12 while Sarah Mehain would add to Canada’s remarkable gold medal haul with gold in the Women’s 50m Butterfly S7(S6-7) on August 13.