Tammy Cunnington, a Red Deer para-swimmer builds her life around what makes her happy: staying fit and competing in sports. Contributed photo

Red Deer’s Tammy Cunnington set to compete at Paralympics

Red Deer’s Tammy Cunnington has waited a long time for another shot at the Paralympics.

There were times when she wasn’t sure if it would happen, including over the past year with the Tokyo event being postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cunnington represented Canada in Rio at the 2016 Paralympics and was a Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships gold medallist.

“Incredibly surreal and emotional setting eyes on the #Tokyo2020 competition pool today. For more than one reason I really didn’t think it would happen,” Cunnington tweeted earlier this week.

Her moment this time around finally arrives Friday when she’ll swim in the women’s 150 metre SM4 individual medley. That heat is set for 6:59 p.m Mountain Time. She’ll also race in the women’s 50m breaststroke SB3 on Monday at 7:07 p.m MT and the 50m backstroke S4 on Sept. 2 at 7:07 p.m MT.