As a young boy, James Cartwright Garland used to dream about swimming in the Olympics.
The dream is finally coming true, only Garland won't be in Sydney as a swimmer.
The 24-year-old Ottawa resident will compete in whitewater canoe slalom in the singles event.
Garland made the switch to paddling when his family moved to Vancouver and his mother enrolled him and his brother in a junior program.
Garland is the only member of the original group to advance to the Olympic Games. His brother competes with the national team.
Garland dominated the Canadian Olympic trials, but is currently ranked 24th on the World Cup circuit, the lowest of all the Olympic entries.
The outdoor enthusiast knows his task in Sydney will not be easy.
But Garland will feel right at home at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, where the Games competition will take place.
Garland trained on the Olympic course in January, February and April with some of the world's best and managed to hold his own.
He plans on doing just that and more during the Olympics.
And he won't have to wait long -- the competition runs on Sunday.
-- LISA BURKE
-- Ottawa Sun
James Cartwright-Garland, North Vancouver, B.C., placed 15th in qualifying, advanced to final round.
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