|A world championship record and gold medal performance in the 100-metre backstroke at the 2022 Para Swimming World Championships earned Saskatoon’s Shelby Newkirk the Sask Sport Athlete of the Month for June. |
Newkirk, who trains with the Saskatoon Lasers Swim Club, swam a time of 1:20.96 in the women’s 100-m backstroke S6, which was one of three world championship records the Canadian Para swimming team set during the seven-day event.
Additionally, Newkirk set another four Canadian records at the competition, one as an individual and three as part of a team. This included a personal best time of 1:15.21 in the women’s 100-m freestyle S6 helping her to finish in fourth place. With her teammates, she swam a time of 3:40.02 in the mixed 4×50-m medley relay (20 point classification), finished the 4×100-m free relay (34 points) with a time of 4:11.82, as well as the mixed 4×100-m medley relay (34 points) with a time of 4:43.92.
The event was held June 12-18 at the Funchal Swimming Pool Complex in Madeira Island, Portugal and attracted a field of athletes from 59 countries.
Newkirk was nominated by Swim Saskatchewan.
Taken from https://www.sasksport.ca/