NEW HAMBURG -- After months of stressful uncertainty, Michael Heath can finally stop worrying and focus on the one thing he does best, swimming.
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ONTARIO -- Michael Heath has London 2012 dreams as he heads to Paralympic trials in Montreal. June 2012
On June 6, Heath got the word that he had been named to Canada's Paralympic team and will be competing with, and against, the world's best paralympic athletes in London come August.
"It's been nerve racking," Heath said, "I've been working really hard but I've still been really stressed. It's just been overwhelming up to this point thinking that I've made the team or I haven't made the team."
The 23 year old, who swims with the Wilmot Aquatic Aces, was overjoyed when he heard the news.
"I was super happy," he said, "I was jumping up and down with joy because of it."
Heath wasn't the only one worrying about the Team Canada announcement. his coach, Joni Maerten-Sanders, said the waiting period was just as stressful for her.
"The lead-up to this was very stressful," she said, "not knowing for sure one way or the other."
"It feels amazing to actually know that I've made the team," Heath said, "now I can stop worrying about it and focus on swimming."
Which is exactly what Heath will be doing leading up to the start of the Paralympic games on Aug. 29.
"I have to be focused on one thing and one thing only, that's it," he said.
According to Heath, he will be training harder than he ever has before, working to shave time off the three events he will be competing in; the 100-metre breaststroke, the 100M backstroke and the 200M freestyle.
At the Paralympic trials, Heath's best times were in the 100M breaststroke.
Before flying out to London, Heath will be competing in a few other competitions, including the East Coast Championships in Halifax.
When asked how he will react when he finally stands pool side in London, Heath laughed, and said he couldn't be sure.
"Honestly, it's hard to say," he said, "I could be happy, I could be extremely nervous, I could be scared and frightened, it's one of those things. You don't know until you get there."