Katarina Roxon is shown in this undated photo. — Star file photo
Katarina Roxon will be a member of Canada’s national swim team for two major events this year.
The Kippens native has earned a spot on Canada’s national team for both the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, in July and the Para Pan Pacific swimming championships in Pasadena, Calif., in August.
“I’ve had a pretty hard season this year so being named to the teams, I was very excited,” Roxon said Monday from St. John’s where attends Memorial University of Newfoundland.
“Going into the trials I was very nervous. Nervous is an understatement. I was very unsure if I was going to make the teams or not because of the way my training was going, having back issues and everything throughout the year.”
It will mark the second time Roxon has represented her country at the Commonwealth Games.
Set for Aug. 6-10 at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena, the Para Pan Pacific is a premier international meet for Canada’s best para-swimmers.
Roxon had an impressive showing at the 2014 Speedo Can-Am International Swimming Championships in Miami earlier this year, an event used as a selection meet for the 2014 Para Pan Pacific. She captured gold in 100-m and 200-m breaststroke, 200-m butterfly and 200-m individual medley, while claiming silver in the 100-m butterfly.
Since hearing the good news, she now wants to amp up her training to get in even better shape.
“It’s definitely going to push me even harder,” she said. “Being in school for the past two semesters, it did put a strain on my training as well, but now I’m finished my exams and now it’s all about training throughout the year.”
While she did have to battle through the year to get the results to secure a spot on both teams, she also gave credit to the elite athletes who will be providing the opposition on the international stage this year.
“My competitors have been swimming really well, especially the British girls, so I know since they’re doing so well and I haven’t been doing so great I need to push myself the extra step,” she said. “So this summer is just going to be all about pushing my limits.”