Former Nelson Neptune swimmer Sarah Mehain won a bronze medal at the IPC Paralympic World Championships in Scotland in the 50m butterfly.

Neptunes alumna wins bronze at world championships

Swimmer Sarah Mehain has won a bronze medal at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow.

Former Nelson Neptune swimmer Sarah Mehain has won a bronze medal at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow.

Mehain, 20, came third in the 50m butterfly S7 with a time of 36.98 seconds. (Categories are S2 to S14 with S2 as the highest level of disability.)

Sarah Mehain.

She qualified for the finals after a stellar performance during the heats. She and American Cortney Jordan were neck-and-neck in lanes beside each other. Mehain finished a fraction of a second behind Jordan in a time of  37.56, compared to Jordan’s 37.43.

“You could hardly tell who was first,” said Sarah’s mother Mae, who watched the competition on the Internet with her husband.

“It went so incredibly well and for her to come out and stand on the podium — a young Canadian — and hear the announcer call out her name just gives me goose bumps.”

Since birth Mehain has had right-sided hemiplegia, which means that side of her body is weaker. Swimming since she was three, she has trained hard and as a result has a very strong body.

As a child, Mehain swam with the Nelson Neptunes for 12 years including swim meets every summer. She joined the Kokanee swim club when her family moved to Vernon when she was 12.

Mehain attends McGill University in Montreal and trains on the varsity team with coach Peter Carpenter. Mae said Sarah is swimming the best she ever has, shedding time off her personal bests.

Mae said her daughter is “incredibly happy” and grateful for her parents’ support.

“She wanted this medal really bad,” said Mae. “You could just see the great big smile on her face on the podium. And her coach is really happy with what she has done.”

Sarah will head to Gatineau, Que. this week for a staging camp to prepare for the 2015 Parapan Am Games to be held in Toronto next month. These games are the qualifiers for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Sarah is no stranger to serious competition. She competed at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and reached the final in four of her six events.

To watch video of Mehain competing on Saturday visit youtube.com/watch?v=2-7ffW6oyfY.

Just Posted

Police call Appledale death a homicide

But few other details being released

Kayakers capsize in front of Chahko Mika Mall

Nelson Police Department says members of the public helped two kayakers

Nelson rejects plastic bag ban, opts for education and awareness

Council will collaborate with Chamber of Commerce

Matti Erickson to compete for Team B.C.

Erickson will race at nationals next month in Sydney, N.S.

Nelson U-Haul shutting down

Kootenay Glass and Mirror will no longer provide the service as of July 12

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Mercury tops out on top of the world: Alert in Nunavut warmer than Victoria

It’s the latest anomaly in what’s been a long, hot summer across the Arctic

Canadian is detained in China on drug allegations: Chinese government

Detention of a Canadian in China comes as part a diplomatic dispute triggered by arrest of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou

Too much time on social media can hurt teens’ mental health: study

Researchers conducted a four-year survey of more than 3,800 adolescents between Grades 7 and 11

Advocates want charges in horse deaths during Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races

Chuckwagon races are a nightly spectacle during the Stampede, a 10-day annual celebration of western life

ICBC insurance renewals get more complicated this year

Crash history, driver risk prompt more reporting requirements

Most Read