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Double world junior medallist among Victor Davis Award recipients

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Finlay Knox won two medals at last year’s World Junior Swimming Championships, but the 19-year-old from Okotoks, Alta., remains as soft-spoken as ever.

“I just want to continue having fun while pushing myself every day,” said Knox, who took silver in the 200-metre individual medley and anchored Canada’s medley relay to bronze at the world juniors in Budapest, Hungary.

Knox’s outstanding accomplishments and humility were integral in his selection by Swimming Canada to be one of seven recipients of this year’s Victor Davis Memorial Award.

The fund was established in the memory of the late Canadian swimming legend in order to assist deserving young swimmers in the pursuit of their dreams. For example, Knox moved to Toronto this season to train with Ben Titley at the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Ontario.

“I am very honoured to be chosen for this award and it will help support my training while living in Toronto,” Knox said.

Knox, who holds the second-fastest 200 IM time in Canadian history, has been coached by Todd Melton of the Okotoks Mavericks for eight years.

“A big part of Finlay’s success on the international stage is his exceptional work ethic, maturity, intellect, leadership and personal drive for perfection in everything he does,” Melton said.

Following are the other winners of the award named in memory of Davis, who won three medals at the 1984 Olympics and another in 1988. He died at the age of 25 shortly after retiring from swimming and the fund was established in 1990.

Oksana Chaput, Manta Swim Club

Coach: Robert Novak

Ashley McMillan, KISU Swim Club

Coach: Tina Hoeben

Genevieve Sasseville, Chatham Pool Sharks/Ontario Swimming Academy

Coach: Don Burton

Alexander Axon, Whitby Swimming/OSA

Coach: Don Burton

Russell Burton, Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club

Coach: Kendra Papple

Jeremy Koueiki, Club Aquatic St-Eustache

Coach: Sebastien Poulin