May, 25, 2015
VANCOUVER - One of Canada’s top young swimmers has decided to stay in the country to pursue higher education and continue his swimming career.

Markus Thormeyer will join the High Performance Centre – Vancouver in September and begin training under head coach Tom Johnson.

"I am really pleased that Markus has decided to join the HPC - Vancouver this coming September. He is an exciting young swimmer who will add to the training group here at the centre,” said Johnson.

Thormeyer was the youngest male selected to compete at the Pan Am Games in Toronto this summer. The backstroke specialist from Delta, B.C., who trains with the Winskill Dolphins, was a three-time medallist at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in 2014.

“I'm looking forward to next year because of the centre's excellent staff, resources, and history of success with amazing swimmers.” said Thormeyer.

Thormeyer will be joining his fellow Team Canada swimmers Stefan Milosevic, Coleman Allen, Luke Reilly, Yuri Kisil, Tera Van Beilen, Emily Overholt and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson at the centre. Noemie Thomas is also training with the group this summer.

HPC – Vancouver trains out of the UBC Aquatic Centre and has a long history of success at the international level.

“Markus’ decision to continue his swimming career in Canada is a great move,” said Swimming Canada High Performance Director John Atkinson. “He is a great talent who has been prepared very well by coach Ben Keast at Winskill Dolphins Swim Club.”