The National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Brazil recently announced its team for the 2011 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships taking place in Edmonton, Canada from 10-14 August.
Brazil nominated 17 swimmers to compete in the inaugural Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, including multiple World and Paralympic Champions Andre Brasil and Daniel Dias.
More than 175 swimmers from over 20 countries, including world class swimmers from Canada, Australia, Japan and the USA, are travelling to Edmonton to compete in these Championships from 10-14 August.
Top level swimmers competing in the event include multiple Paralympic gold medalists Matthew Cowdrey from Australia and Benoit Huot from Canada, and his compatriot Paralympic champion Valerie Grand Maison.
After the 2011 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming European Championships in Berlin beginning of July provided a platform for European swimmers to test their form ahead of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships are now one of the last opportunities for swimmers from this side of the world to compare their performances with those of their top level competitors.