Ex-Spartan swimmer earns lifetime achievement award

Former Chilliwack Spartan Brent Hayden's sparkling swimming resume has earned him a major honour from PacificSport.

Local Olympians Brent Hayden and Teresa Gabriele were honoured with lifetime achievement awards by PacificSport Fraser Valley at its annual general meeting on May 27.

Hayden, former member of Chilliwack’s Spartan Swim Club, is one of Canada’s most decorated swimmers.

Hayden won gold in the 100-metre freestyle at the World Aquatic Championships in 2007 and climbed the podium again with a silver medal in the same distance in 2011.

He wrapped up his career with a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle at the London Olympics last summer.

Hayden holds the Canadian records in the 50, 100 and 200m freestyles in both the short-course and long-course.

Gabriele, a Mission native, was a mainstay with the Canadian women’s basketball program for over a decade.

The five-foot-five point guard helped the national team qualify for the Olympics in 2000, and she guided the squad as far as the quarter-finals at the London Games 12 years later.