Campbell River swimmer brings medals count to four

Campbell River swimmer brings medals count to four

By Victoria Christison, BC Games News Service

Author: BC Games Society/Saturday, July 19, 2014/Categories: 2014 BC Summer Games, Swimming

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Cailyn Collis of Campbell River brought her total medal count up to four on Saturday, winning her second gold of the Games in the 200 meter breaststroke.    Seeded in Lane 4, Collis dominated the entire race and finished a full 3 seconds ahead of the second place winner.

14-year-old Collis has been swimming since she was four, at the encouragement of her grandparents, who were the ones who first identified her love for her sport.   “She just started swimming laps in the backyard pool, and she really loved it” they commented fondly, “so we thought that was something that should be encouraged.”

When asked if she was surprised at Cailyn’s success, her grandmother replied, “She has just been pounding her times out there.  She has finished every race with a personal best time.  I am just astonished.”

Collis, who practices twice a day, six days a week, has her sites set on the Canadian Age Group Championships next week in Winnipeg, but in order to do so, she needs to achieve two more qualifying times, which she is optimistic she can do on Sunday. “I really think it is in my grasp, and actually possible.”

But in the end, even with four medals hanging around her neck, to Collis, what’s the best thing about the BC Games? “Being here with my team.  Knowing my team has my back whether I win a medal or not.” 
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