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Katarina Roxon, a Kippens native and Team Canada member, participates in the backstroke event at the 2014 Pan-Pacific Para Swimming Championships held recently in Pasadena, Calif.
Katarina Roxon continues to achieve personal best in her different disciplines even when fatigue from flying around the world takes its toll on her body.
A fixture on the international para-swimming scene for a number of years, Roxon wrapped up her 2014 competitive swimming season by claiming a gold, a silver and two bronze for Team Canada at the 2014 Pan-Pacific Para Swimming Championships held recently in Pasadena, Calif.
It marked the end of a competitive season that also saw her turn in a solid performance for Canada at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland only a week before her quest for gold in California.
On Monday, the Kippens native was preparing to board a flight in Los Angeles to begin a three-week break from an intense training regime in her effort to be among the world’s elite para swimmers. She plans on spending a week in San Jose with family and friends before she heads home to relax for the balance of the summer that is quickly slipping away as a return to Memorial University is only around the corner.
She admits it’s been a tough year with so much travel and training, a part of her daily diet in life. She’s going to enjoy being away from it all, even if it’s only a short period of time to do anything but swim.
“All this travelling back and forth to different places, I think by the time I get home I think I’m just going to be so happy just to be in my own bed,” she said. “I just want to relax and pretty well not go anywhere.”
Roxon admits it was challenging to find her way on the first day of swimming in Pasadena because the week before in Scotland really tested her mettle. But, like so many times before, she just refocused her energy on having fun and giving what she could.
She has the silverware to show she had the right approach.
“I started getting more pumped up as the days went on and it just turned extremely well,” she said.
She had some personal bests, broke a record or two that just happened to belong to her and, more importantly, she had a blast doing what she loves to do.
She’s going to have time to spend with family and friends for a few weeks.
But, then it’s back to a normal life for one of Team Canada’s most determined and hard-working swimmers in the mix.
Chances are she will get in a few strokes while she’s off. It just seems natural, despite her constant challenge of keeping up with a busy travel schedule.
She’s grounded for now.