It has become a little out of character for Whitehorse’s Alexandra Gabor, 16, to compete at an event and not set any BC/Yukon or Canadian records. However, bringing home a copious amount of medals is not uncommon.
Competing on the Canadian team at the New South Wales Under-18 Age Championships, at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in Australia, Gabor has so far logged four medals with two more events to go
Competing in the 16-years-old division, Gabor won gold in the 100-metre freestyle on Monday and followed up her performance with another gold in the 400 free and a silver in the 50 free on Tuesday. On Thursday
she added another gold to the list in her strongest event, the 200 free.
Gabor also helped the Canadian team to a first place in the 4×200 freestyle relay, an exhibition race that does not award medals.
“Out of my four medals so far my 400 free gold stands out the most, because it’s never been my strongest event and in that race I felt like I kept to my strategy fairly well,” wrote Gabor in an e-mail to the News.
“Racing in Australia is otherworldly compared to racing in America. Down here, the atmosphere is so much more intense and exciting – not to say that it isn’t in Canada – but there’s just this jolt of electricity
wherever you go.
“I really like racing Down Under, there’s a bit more competition and it opens your eyes as far as how the other side of the world is training and competing.
“And also, there’s really great weather!”
According to Gustav Gabor, Alexandra’s father and Whitehorse Glacier Bears record keeper, Gabor was not expecting to break any records since she has not tapered her training prior to the event, setting her
sights on a bigger meet in March.
“Alex’s focus at this time and this meet is to train extremely hard in order to do exceptionally well at the Pan Pacific trials,” wrote Gustav, in an e-mail to the News. “Alexandra is currently in a very heavy training
cycle and isn’t rested for this meet at all. Considering this, her results at the meet so far are very good.”
Gabor will be competing in the 100-metre butterfly on Friday and the 800 free to end the event on Saturday.
“For the 100 fly, I’m hoping to go a best time and make it into the finals,” wrote Gabor. “For the 800 free, it’s swam as timed finals at night, and I’m hoping for a win and a best time.”
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