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Island Swimming is pleased to welcome Olympian and Canadian Record Holder Julia Wilkinson
October, 06, 2009

Island Swimming is pleased to welcome Olympian and Canadian Record Holder Julia Wilkinson to our program. Julia is currently training and attending school at Texas A&M University, and will be moving to Victoria full time once the school year is complete. Julia will be coached by Randy Bennett at the Victoria Academy of Swimming, and will train with fellow Olympians Ryan Cochrane and Alexa Komarnycky.

Julia followed in her sister's footsteps and joined swimming at the age of 8. Her dream to represent Canada at the Olympics came true in 2008 after qualifying for 6 events. At the Beijing games, Julia swam an astonishing 11 races at her first Olympic Games. She placed 7th overall in the 200IM (while smashing the Canadian Record twice), and also set Canadian Records in the 100 Back, 4 x 100 Free, 4 x 200 Free, and 4 x 100 Medley relays.

Julia has also represented Canada at the 2009 (Rome, Italy) and 2007 (Melbourne, Australia) World Aquatic Championships, the 2007 French Open (France), and the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships (Victoria, BC).

Aside from her busy swim schedule, Julia is a full time student and likes to read, write, watch movies, dance, go shopping, and play beach volleyball.

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