Alec started his swimming days with CRKW back in 2004 and in eight short years would see himself onto the Canadian Olympic team. Alec, who is originally from Cortes, made his way into the pool back in ’04 and those who were there with him say he immediately showed potential, growing quickly in skill and speed and moving up through the ranks of the club. In the 2008-2009 season, Alec and his coach got an offer to join the National Center in Victoria and the two made the move down island, along with some other team mates who would help Alec make the transition onto the international swimming scene. This move proved to be conducive to his dream when he made the Olympic team in 2012.
Taylor Padington swam with CRKW from 2004 to 2009 before joining her coach and a teammate down in Victoria with Island Swimming and the High Performance Center there. Taylor would finish her age group swimming career in Victoria while qualifying for the Junior National team in 2012 and attending the Junior Pan Pacific Championship in Hawaii as a Canadian National Team member. Taylor went on to accepting an athletic scholarship with Boise State University where she swam throughout her post-secondary days, with the exception of rejoining her home club in the summers and once again competing as a Killer Whale.
Mackenzie Padington is our most recent alumni to make the jump onto the national team. Mackenzie competed with CRKW from 2005-2015 before following in her sister’s footsteps straight to the National Center in Victoria. Mackenzie joined the Next-Gen program at the center and under the tutelage of Brad Dingey and Ryan Mallette made big strides forward, qualifying last year for the senior national team at the world championships in Budapest. Mackenzie is currently swimming with the University of Minnesota with an athletic scholarship and is looking to make the national team again.