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Katarina Roxon likes where she’s at in her development

Katarina Roxon of Kippens competing in the 100-m breaststroke from a para-swimming event earlier this year.
Katarina Roxon of Kippens competing in the 100-m breaststroke from a para-swimming event earlier this year.

A handful of medals and an Americas record in the books, Katarina Roxon likes how things are shaping up for her as she pushes toward a gold medal on the world stage later this year.

The Kippens native won two gold and a bronze at the fourth event of the five-race World Para Swimming Championship Series in Indianapolis over the weekend. This will be the last race of the series for Roxon, having already decided that she won’t be attending the fifth and final series race next month in Berlin.

She was proud of her gold medal and Americas record in the 50-metre breastroke. She also claimed gold in the 100-metre breastroke, a bronze in 100-metre butterfly and fourth spot in the 200-metre Individual Medley.

Not a bad medal haul for a girl who admits it’s been a long season, but she isn’t about to rest on her laurels because she knows she could have done better in some of her events.

 “A few mishaps with my technique and strategy, a few things I messed up there but I’m learning from it all and taking it all in so hopefully it doesn’t happen again,” Roxon said Tuesday.

Next up for Roxon are the Canadian championships in Montreal in August. After returning home from Montreal she will gather her thoughts and grt some rest before heading on a long altitude-training venture with her teammates to Alberta, Arizona and Mexico.

She will leave this training session and head straight to Mexico for the world championships where she hopes to claim gold.

“It’s been a bit of a struggle, but to see that the training I’m doing now is paying off is a great motivator for me to push myself a little bit more,” she said. “Training is going very well. I’m doing everything that I can do and I’m very happy with where I am right now.”

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