Swimming Canada’s Inaugural Online Auction Now Open
Canada’s top swimming stars put their Olympic and Paralympic jerseys on the block for Swimming Canada’s first online fundraising auction, which opened on Sunday and runs until November 28.
Canada’s most decorated Olympian, Penny Oleksiak, will don the costume in which she won her record-breaking seventh medal for the auction, along with her autograph, among more than 60 items up for auction.
“I am happy to support Swimming Canada’s inaugural auction and hope my historic wetsuit will help raise funds to support all swimmers in their preparations for Paris 2024,” said Oleksiak.
Ten-time Paralympic medalist Aurélie Rivard also donated to the initiative for the first time, featuring her gold medalist costume in the S10 400m freestyle.
Other donors provided a wide range of auction items, ranging from exclusive experiences to autographed sports memorabilia and event tickets. Funds raised will help Canadian swimmers reach their goals and continue the success achieved at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games as they prepare for Paris 2024. A portion of the net funds raised on “worn by the games” items will be reimbursed to athletes or a charity of their choice.
“We are very excited to bring this inaugural auction to life on the heels of our strong performances at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and as the holiday and giveaway season approaches,” said Swimming Canada Marketing Director , Alan Raphael.
Canada’s 26-member Olympic swim team won six medals in Tokyo as Oleksiak became Canada’s most decorated Olympian with seven medals. Meanwhile, the 19-member Paralympic Games team has climbed to the podium eight times, led by Aurélie Rivard with five medals.
A complete list of auction items is available at auctionbaignoire.ca.