September 2008

Tuomela finishes 8th at Paralympics

Laurier athlete represents Canada in Beijing.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Laurier athlete Jessica Tuomela (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) finished eighth this past Friday in the 100-metre (more)

Tuomela misses making 50m final

September 15, 2008
Josh Brown

It didn't go exactly as planned for Jessica Tuomela. The Waterloo resident hit the lane markers three times during the 50-metre freestyle heats at the Paralympic Games in Beijing and it cost her valuable time in the sprint at the Water Cube. (more)

Jessica Tuomela competes in second Paralympics event

September 14, 2008

Sault Ste. Marie's Jessica Tuomela finished fourth in her heat in the women's 50-metre freestyle swim at the 2008 Summer Paralympics early Sunday. Tuomela, who a silver medal in the same event at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, did not compete in the finals today in Beijing. Her heat time was 34.06 seconds, 1.87 seconds behind the heat winner, China 's Qing Xie. On Friday, Xie set a world record in Tuomela's other Beijing event, the 100-metre freestyle. In today's final, however, the powerful Chinese swimmer finished in a disappointing seventh place, 1.67 seconds behind the winner, Italy's Maria Poiani Panigati.

Canada has won 34 Paralympics medals so far in Beijing : 12 gold, seven silver and 15 bronze.

Waterloo Paralympian ready for big race

September 13, 2008
Josh Brown

Jessica Tuomela is gearing up for her signature race at the Paralympics.
"The 50-metre freestyle is one of my best events," the Waterloo resident said when reached in Beijing yesterday morning. "I'm really a short-distance sprinter. This is the one I've been waiting for." (more)

Our Jessica overshadowed by Paralympics record-setter

Friday, September 12, 2008
By David Helwig


Sault Ste. Marie's Jessica Tuomela made it to the finals of the women's 100-metre freestyle event early today at the Beijing Paralympics, but found herself swimming in the wake of a world-record performance by China 's Qing Xie. Tuomela finished fourth in her heat, 4.53 seconds behind Xie's record-setting time of 1:10.36.Xie broke her world record again in the final, this time blistering the pool water in 1:08.96. Tuomela was eighth in the final, with a time of 1:14.79. Finishing half a second ahead of her in the final was fellow Canadian Amber Thomas. Tuomela scored a silver medal in the 50-metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney. She also competed in the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, placing fourth in the 50-meter freestyle and sixth in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke. Tuomela will compete in the Beijing Paralympics again on Sunday, this time in the 50-metre freestyle event.

Canada 's medal count in Beijing currently stands at 19: seven gold, four silver and eight bronze.

Pool time is needed

September 05, 2008
Jack Schueler

Re: Troubled Waters For ROW — Aug. 20
It is disingenuous for Kimberly Ellis-Hale to claim she does not understand what all the fuss is about. Pool time is a scarce resource in this community, made more so by the impending closure of the Wilfrid Laurier University pool. For every hour of pool time acquired by this new club, there is one less hour available to the other aquatic clubs in the community. This new club may serve the interests of its founders and their children, but by constricting the amount of available pool time, it does not take into consideration what's best for the youth of our community. On their website, they claim "transparent and accountable governance" and yet Ellis-Hale claims to have been planning this club for over a year — a period of time in which she sat on the board of the ROW Swim Club. What I find most disturbing is that this club says it has formed a partnership with the University of Waterloo , one that locks out other aquatic clubs from access to the UW pool. As an alumnus and financial supporter of the university, I am very ashamed that UW has adopted a policy that prevents its own students, like Olympian Keith Beavers, and the children of alumni access to its facilities. At a time when the community is in need, I hoped that UW would have stepped up to the plate.

Jack Schueler

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