Two local Olympic-bound swimmers will spend the next two weeks in Sardinia, Italy after strong showings at the Canada Cup on the weekend in Montreal.
Stratford's Julia Wilkinson, above, and Guelph's Andrew Ford boarded a plane last night with the rest of the Olympic swimming team, headed for the small city of Olbia on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia for a two-week training camp.
With just 16 days before the Olympics begin, swimming federations everywhere are crowding into European pools. Sardinia's Geovillage Sport & Convention Center is considered one of Europe’s "best-kept-training secrets," with a 10-lane, 50-meter pool, plus extra 25-metre and 20-metre pools.
It will be a more relaxing warm-up for the chaos that will be overtaking the United Kingdom in the leadup to the Games.
Ford, heading to his first Olympics, won the preliminary round at the Canada Cup in his Olympic event, the 200-metre individual medley. He came fourth in the second round, with a time of 2:04.83.
Wilkinson, who competed in the 2008 Olympics and is preparing for a second trip to the Games, won three events in Montreal: the 50 and 100-metre backstroke and the 100-metre freestyle.