2000 Canadian Sport Awards
ALSO ON SLAM!
Winnipeg teenager Kelly Stefanyshyn eclipsed the longest standing Canadian swimming record in the books when she won the 200 metre backstroke at the 1998 Maritime Life Summer Nationals held in Toronto in August. The 16-year-old clocked two minutes and 14.17 seconds breaking the old mark of 2:14.23 held since 1978 by Cheryl Gibson of Edmonton.
"It was just a great record," said Stefanyshyn, 16, who went on to break the three year- old national 100 backstroke record at the same competition and added a silver medal a month later at the Commonwealth Games in the 200 backstroke. "I'd been thinking about it since May because I had come close at a meet. Now I want to break it again."
Stefanyshyn was inspired to become a swimmer in 1992 after watching Mark Tewskbury's gold medal race at the 1992 Olympics on TV. It was the decision her parents, both former university basketball players, wanted to hear. They enrolled her quickly in the local swim club. There are other Stefanyshyns as well in the world of sports. Her 13-year-old sister Deanna is also a national ranked junior swimmer and her big brother Michael is a top flight competitor in tae kwon do. He hopes to march alongside his sister in the opening ceremonies at the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.