2000 Canadian Sport Awards
ALSO ON SLAM!
Jessica Sloan was a star among a firmament of them on Canada's team at the world championships for swimmers with a disability this past fall in New Zealand. Sloan, a 16-year-old Calgary resident, won six gold medals and set three world records to highlight an incredible performance by the Canadians.
Each member of the 10-member squad won at least one gold, totalling 25 in all, including 17 in world record time to finish with the most victories at the 55-country meet. They also added 10 silver and three bronze.
For Sloan the world championships were a new adventure. There was quiet confidence after a brilliant performance at the Canadian championships in May where she earned two gold and four medals overall.
"I wasn't sure where I stood internationally going into the worlds," said Sloan who set her world marks in the 50 and 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke and added victories in the 200 individual medley and two relays. "I was a bit nervous but the hard work and training really paid off in the end. When I won that first gold on the very first day of competition that was the boost I needed."