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General News · 13th May 2012
Annie Belcourt
Many or most of you will know or have heard of Alec Page. For those who have not, Alec grew up on Cortes Island with his parents Betty-Ann and Brian and his brother Finn. His Grandparents are Gunnar and Emilia Hansen. He was a student at the Cortes Island School and learned to swim, like all Cortes kids by his home in Hague lake. When the family moved to Campbell River to be close to Brians work Alec joined the Killer Whales swim club and swiftly became one of their star swimmers.

In 2009 he won the Victor Davis Award which is awarded to promising young Canadian Swimmers to help in the pursuit of excellence at the international level of competition. So meteoric was his rise within his sport the family had to move again to Victoria half way through his grade 10 year so Alec could start training at the Olympic pool with the Island Swimming Club and the Victoria Swim Academy. Alec has been winning races consistently since then and in July 2011 he broke Alex Baumann’s 30-year-old junior record in the 400 IM at the Canadian age group swimming championships. Racing in the 15-17 age group, he clocked, 4:20.67 to eclipse the legendary Baumann’s previous mark of 4:22.39 set in 1981. This year at the US Grand Prix in Missouri Alec won the 400m individual medley, arguably the toughest race in swimming.

But his hard work really paid off when in Montreal at the Olympic trials in March he beat 60 other competitors (again in the 400IM) to secure his place on the Canadian Olympic Team. Alec will also be swimming in the 4 x 200 Free Relay team. He is still only 18 years old. You can watch the fantastic race here :
http://www.islandswimming.ca/NewsShow.jsp?returnPage=/News.jsp&id=170090&team=cais

The Page family have made huge sacrifices to support their son and now need our help to get to LONDON to be there for Alec. Family and friends of the Pages have set up an account at the Coastal Community Credit Union where all donations will be gratefully accepted. ("Alec Page Olympic Fund")We will have TEAM ALEC t-shirts for sale at the Oysterfest on saturday (and after that at the Cortes Market) There will also be a silent auction with awesome island goodies. Look out for more information in the Friday Marketer. We all are so proud of you, Go Alec GO!!