August 11, 2010

Pickering's Warren Barnes making a splash

Swimmer wins three golds at nationals; turns focus to road ahead

Aug 11, 2010 
PICKERING -- It is all coming together for Warren Barnes. The 25-year-old Pickering swimmer recently won three gold medals at the Canadian Summer Nationals in Victoria, B.C., earned a spot to the National Team and booked a ticket to compete at the Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, California later this month.

"I was incredibly happy," Barnes said of making the National Team. "It's been a long road to get to this point. I am 25. Usually swimmers make it on the National Team around 18 or 20. I am a little bit older and it took me a little bit longer, but I think i just needed to find the right training centre and right coaches. They helped me get to where I am right now."

Watching the Winter Olympics in Vancouver earlier this year also helped Barnes reach his goals. You see, it was at that point that the former Dunbarton High School student and swimmer at the University of Pittsburgh realized that he wanted to put more into the sport that had given him a fair bit over the years. After toying in the past with thoughts of stepping away from the sport, Barnes says watching Canada come together and support their Olympic athletes back in February helped change his mindset.

"We train twice a day, every day except Sunday with weight training sessions in between. There were lots of times I woke up in the morning and I thought why am I doing this?" said the six-foot-three Barnes who works out a the UT High Performance Swimming Centre at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of John Rogers and Byron MacDonald.

"We don't make that much money either so I thought about just getting a job. But after watching the Vancouver Olympics, it just really inspired me because it brought Canada together, really united Canada as a nation, I thought. I really want to be a part of that in the summer of 2012."

And while he looks every bit the part of a late bloomer at this point, Barnes feels he keeps posting results like he did at Nationals in winning three golds, one each in the 50 metre, 100m and 200m breaststroke events, then the Olympics may be a realistic goal.

"I think right now I just need to de exactly what I am doing," he explained. "I am taking little baby steps. I came into Nationals and achieved two life goals I'v wanted to do in win Nationals and make my first Nationals A Team. So I think that I am just going to go back to my training centre and keep pushing forward."

In the 100m event, a swim Barnes calls his specialty, Barnes posted a personal best in the morning swim, clocking a 1:02.00 before taking gold with a 1:02.07 just hours later.
"It was a little off, but I was still pretty happy with it as it allowed me to get the victory," he said.

The Pan Pacific's will offer another opportunity for him to show the swimming world just how far he's come. And it's an opportunity he plans to make the best of.

"This is a chance for me to race the very best in the world in my event," he notes. "I am going to go there and learn from the best, watch them, see what they do, see how they warm up, see how much they drink, see if they do any dry land before they race. It's going to be great."

A top finish at Pan Pacific's will put Barnes in a position to earn a spot on Canada's Commonwealth Team, he says. Barnes's progress can be tracked through his Facebook group 'Warren Barnes 2012' or on his website at

-Shawn Cayley
Durham Region News

Behind the Scenes with Team Canada:

VIDEO - Behind the scenes from Victoria as Team Canada prepared for the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships. Video courtesy of SwimCan WebTV and Swim Canada.  For even more videos, photos and behind the scenes visit Swim Canada on Facebook

Pan Pac Championships Team en route to Irvine

2010 Canadian Pan Pacific Team in Victoria, BC
August 10, 2010
LOS ANGELES - It was in Victoria at the 2010 Summer National Championships where Swimming Canada finalized the selection for its 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Team. With fifty-six swimmers selected to the team, one of the biggest Canada has ever had, fun things are bound to happen around the pool deck.

Before leaving for California, the team stayed in Victoria for some training and team building activities. The Canadian team was also fortunate to have a BBQ with Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport in Canada at his residence.

SwimCan WebTV is proud to bring you a few behind the scenes images of Team Canada before they departed for California to state in LA and compete at the Pan Pacific Championships against Australia, Japan, and the United States in Irvine.

Article courtesy of Swim Canada

August 9, 2010

Swim Ontario: Team Aquatic Supplies Athlete of the Month

"Warren Barnes of Toronto Swim Club tore through the water at Summer Nationals in Victoria, sweeping the breaststroke events and earned himself a ticket to the Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine California, August 18-22.

The 100 breaststroke win on Day 2 was his first national title. "This is definitely a memorable victory," said Barnes, 25. "I was really focused on getting out fast but the difference this time was my second 50. I really held it together this time and I was able to make a big push in the last 10-metres. In the past the second length has given me a lot of trouble."

Congrats Warren!
-Swim Ontario & Team Aquatic Supplies

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