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BC Games: Quesnel paralympic swimmer takes home six medals

Hannah Trimble, 14, also just won three medals at the provincial championships in Victoria
Hannah Trimble (second from right) basking in her victory with her Waverider teammates Gavin Currie (far left), Billy Swyers (second from left) and Darby O’Hara (far right). Contributed photo

Hannah Trimble had a breakout B.C. Summer Games.

The 14-year-old Paralympic swimmer from Quesnel, who is fresh off a three-medal performance at the Provincial Championships in Victoria, won six medals on the weekend in Cowichan, B.C. (July 19-22).

Trimble won a gold in 50/100 metre butterfly, an event in which she says she has only had “so-so” results in the past.

“It was fun but tiring,” she says of the first place swim.

“I guess I was just having a good day.”

Trimble won silver medals in 50-metre freestyle, 50/100-metre backstroke, 50/100-metre breaststroke, 100-metre freestyle and 200/400-metre freestyle.

With a medal count of nine to show for a spectacular summer season, Trimble hopes to take a break.

She has learned many things from the past year, but one of the most important lessons she says is, “anything is possible.”

“At this meet I got to race para kids from all over B.C.,” she says.

“Some from Victoria, Vernon and Chilliwack, and I’m the only one with legs that actually work.

“So those kids have inspired me to believe that everything is possible.”

Trimble will start training again in September and hope to progress towards her goal of swimming in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Check back to and in future editions for more B.C. Summer Games results from Quesnel athletes.

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