Wallaceburg’s Madison Broad Strikes Gold
The 12-year-old swimmer, who competes with the Chatham Y Pool Sharks, took home four gold medals from the competition, proving herself to be one of the elite swimmers in the country for her age group. Specifically, Broad dominated the backstroke.
Broad won the 100-metre backstroke, leading from start to finish in 1:07.74. She also grabbed the 200m backstroke in convincing fashion, winning gold in 2:27.34. Her third backstroke gold came in the 50m competition, where Broad touched the wall in 31.54 seconds, a time which would have also won gold in the 13-year-old and under division.
Broad’s final gold came in the 50 freestyle, where she won in 28.07 seconds. Broad also took home a silver in the 50m Fly, finishing in a time of 30.20 seconds, only 0.16 seconds behind the winner.
The Grade 8 student at Holy Family School in Wallaceburg showed off her ability in each stroke, finishing fourth in the 100m individual medley, finishing the race in a time of 5:24.00. Overall, Broad was fourth in the Female High Point Aggregate Award standings.
Broad also competed in the 2.5-kilometre open water race Monday.
The Canadian Age Group Swimming Championships are designed to give swimmers ages 12 through 18 the opportunity to race against the best athletes in their age group in Canada. The long course meet is held every summer in various cities across Canada.