THUNDER BAY -- Thunderbolts swimmer Kaitlyn Luu travelled to Montreal July 25 to Aug. 1 to attend the 2022 Speedo Canadian Junior and Senior Championships.
Six hundred thirty-eight of the highest level athletes from coast to coast representing 142 clubs competed in these National championships, which were held at the legendary 1976 Olympic pool in Montreal.
Kaitlyn was ready for the challenge. She was invited to train with the Ontario Swim Academy in Toronto for the month of July to prepare. The Academy is a very prestigious training group comprised of some of the most talented and promising swimmers in the province. During her training time in Toronto, she also attended the 2022 Summer Ontario Swimming Championships, which she used as another training opportunity to prepare for Nationals.
Kaitlyn represented the Thunderbolts Swim Club with pride and distinction. This young swimmer, who just turned 15, was competing in the 15 and over category and still made finals in her best events. The highlight of this competition was her performance in her 200 fly where, with an amazing time of 2:21.94, she came 4th in her finals heat.
“I am beyond excited with my performance at my first national meet,” stated a very happy Kaitlyn Luu. “I had so much fun and I am so grateful for all the amazing opportunities I was able to be a part of this year!”
Andy Ritchie, interim head coach of the Thunderbolts, had these words to offer: “Congratulations to Kaitlyn for a fabulous performance at her very first coast to coast Canadian National competition! Along with her Ontario Swim Academy training partners and friends, Kaitlyn gained invaluable racing experience at the highest level in the country.”
“This type of exposure is crucial in the development and confidence of a young athlete aspiring to make a mark on the National scene. My heartfelt congratulations to Kaitlyn for both her outstanding performance both at the pool and in representing the Thunderbolts Swim Club!" added Ritchie.