Junior national team swimmer Landice Yestrau will lead Team Manitobaís parade of athletes as the provinceís flag-bearer during the Opening Ceremonies when the 2005 Canada Summer Games get underway in Regina, Saskatchewan on Saturday, August 6th.
The 17-year old Yestrau is one of Canadaís top up-and-coming swimmers with a long list of accomplishments in her young career and is favoured to lead Manitoba to the medal podium again in Regina. The Winnipeg native is currently ranked number three in the country in the 100m backstroke and is the Western Canadian Champion in the 50m and 200m backstroke.
"I think itís super cool to be selected flag-bearer," said Yestrau. "Itís an opportunity to be a leader. I hope to motivate everyone and to show everyone they can step up and perform well."
At the Junior Pan Pacific Championship held in January in Hawaii she swam the backstroke leg and assisted the Canadian 4x100m medley relay team in capturing a silver medal. Prior to that at the Prairie Winter Invitational last December, Yestrau racked up an impressive five wins in seven events. Her victories included the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 200m IM. She was also second in the 100m freestyle and fifth in the 400m freestyle. Her efforts earned Yestrau the 2004 Swim Manitoba Outstanding Junior Female Swimmer of the Year Award.
A member of the Manitoba Marlins Swim Club and National Swim Centre, she also set a new provincial record of 28.67 seconds for 50m backstroke in the leadoff leg of the Provincial Medley Relay at the 2005 ManSask Short Course Championships, breaking records previously held by Kelly Stefanyshyn and Michelle Lischinsky. At the recent Club Nationals held in Winnipeg competing against more senior swimmers, Yestrau won silver in the 50m back and bronze in the 100m and 200m backstroke.
"Iím really excited to go to the Canada Games," added Yestrau. " I want to win and having been to high level meets I can use that experience to my advantage to stay focused and handle the pressure."
Yestrau graduated with honours this year from St. James Collegiate winning the Governor Generalís Award. She will attend the University of Manitoba next year where she has been recruited by the Bison swim team.