Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 08/20/2013 5:35 PM | Comments: 0
Thomas Osborn brought back a few personal-best times from the Deaflympics.
The 17-year-old swimmer, who lost his hearing at the age of 10, said he was happy with his performance last month in Sofia, Bulgaria.
His finishes included an 11th overall in the 400-metre freestyle and 14th overall with a personal-best time in the 200-metre freestyle, all against athletes in their 20s.
He placed second in both those distances among racers aged 18 and under.
The host city of Sofia was filled with deaf athletes and supporters — about 10,000 in all — and the competition was crowded with swimmers from all over the world, Osborn said.
"It was easy for me to meet my old friends and make news ones."
Osborn, who swims in Winnipeg with the Manitoba Marlins, was one of six swimmers on Team Canada for the international multi-sport games, which is sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee. (Deaf athletes are not eligible for the Paralympics, so this is their Olympics.)
He said his next goal is to set a deaf world record at the 2017 games.
For now, Osborn will cherish his memories of the games in Sofia, including the birds that flew in through the open windows and nested in the roof above the pool.
"Luckily the birds didn't bother the swimmers, but it was interesting to see."
— with files from Ashley Prest
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Manitoba's CFS to stop housing kids in hotels in June
Byfuglien to face hearing for 'violent, deliberate' cross-check
Mayor Bowman target of online post inciting people to attack him; police examining situation
Ethics commissioner dismisses counter-complaint Vic Toews made against Pat Martin
Welcome to our cowardly new world order
Hiding the truth when CFS fails
City to use smoke bombs to control gopher population
Sentencing today for driver in crash that killed two students
Nova Scotia tall ship towed inshore
Police seek girl, 13, missing a month
Relief after house where 3 kids killed torn down
Senator miffed about expenses audit
Annual Litter Index reveals Winnipeg's messiest streets
Tragedy strikes family of Canadian diplomat
Manitoba Hydro has spent $31 million on Conawapa station since report calling for spending to stop
War against ISIL to cost extra $528 million
Police investigate assault on Hargrave
Cynthia Lennon dies aged 75
As Nigeria celebrates Buhari's stunning win, challenges loom
Feds trample on Downs racing
California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
Lifting veil off attitudes about niqab, hijab
Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles
Maple Spring turns sour in Quebec
Gary Dahl, creator of 70s fad Pet Rock, dies at 78 in US
Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds
Elegant Easter meal brings forth flavours of spring
Agricultural fertilizing can begin early: province
Rally against Bill C-51 to be held in Osborne Village
We pledge to not blab to the media
Fair Elections Act is actually unfair
Bombers add Oxendine to roster
Winnipeg students to compete in U.S. ethics bowl
Compassion in the courtroom
Take party sandwiches up a notch
Passover seder a culinary challenge
Warm today, but frigid Thursday
Don't destroy Arlington Bridge
Drawing aboriginal voters to polls
Parking pass cooks up storm