Kelowna AquaJets swimmer Josh Zakala is in the midst of a 10-day North American tour which has taken him across the country as well as to the U.S. for a major competition.
Zakala, 16, was handpicked as one of Canada’s best high school prospects who have paid visits to tCanada’s three national training centres in Victoria, Vancouver and Toronto.
Zakala will then wear the Maple Leaf this as he competes for Canada for the first time at a meet in Austin, Texas—the Arena Pro Swim Series.
This past September, Zakala earned one of four spots on a team to compete at the Junior Open Water World Championships in Hungary, where he finished 13th.
Zakala has now focused his goals around his pool events this season. Most recently, as a result of his strong performances in short course season this fall, Josh was named to another Swimming Canada Tour Team in April. This team will travel, train and compete down under at the Australian LC Age Group Championships.. While the trip is very exciting for Zakala, he has his eyes set on more important and even closer event, April 1 to 4 in Toronto.
Spring Nationals will be a selection meet for several major competitions including World Championships, Junior World Championships, Pan Am Games and Western Canada Games. It is here where Zakala hopes to put his name on a team or two for the summer. Zakala’s Coach Peter Wilkins is pleased with the improvements he is seeing and is happy for his swimmer.
“It is really nice to see doors starting to open up for Josh, and all his hard work paying off,” Wilkins said.