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Swim Ontario Awards $16,000 Scholarships to Top Two High School Graduates

Swim Ontario is pleased to announce that Graeme Aylward from the Milton Marlins Swim Team and Aleksa Gold from the Toronto Swim Club are the recipients of the 2018 Swim Ontario Post-Secondary Scholarship, each receiving $16,000 to pursue their university education and swim careers starting next fall.

The Swim Ontario Post-Secondary Scholarships are awarded to top male and female swimmers in Grade 12 who will be attending a post-secondary institution the following year, exclusive of those swimmers who receive money from the Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program.  Each scholarship is awarded in the fall of a swimmer’s Grade 12 year, based on performances at designated meets during Grade 11.  In accepting the scholarship, the swimmer must attend any Ontario post-secondary educational institution, while swimming full-time with an affiliated Swim Ontario club program.

"Graeme is on Swimming Canada's ‘On-Track’ list of elite swimmers and was the highest ranked eligible graduating male in the province and had strong performances over the 2016-2017 season," said John Vadeika, Swim Ontario Executive Director. “Aleksa is the top ranked female eligible for the scholarship, who has shown a consistent improvement curve over her age group swimming career and we are looking forward to seeing her continued growth."

Aylward has been on several Swim Ontario Tour Team initiatives and has a best time of 1:04.79 in the 100 breaststroke and Gold won a pair of medals at the most recent Junior Nationals and has qualified for ten events at Senior Nationals.

“With the average tuition rate at $7500 in Ontario, this scholarship will make a good dent in the financial commitment for these excellent athletes while assisting them in being able to continue to chase their swimming goals," said Darin Muma Swim Ontario’s Performance Programs Manager.

Graeme Aylward and Aleksa Gold have both also recently signed swim scholarships offered by the University of Toronto where Aylward will be pursuing Engineering and Gold will pursue Life Sciences. University of Toronto coaches Byron MacDonald and Linda Kiefer are looking forward to these additions to their team, which currently includes World Record holder Kylie Masse.

Swimmers who are currently in Grade 11 and are interested in applying for the scholarship, should contact Darin Muma at darin@swimontario.com