Paralympic rookie Samantha Ryan who moved to Flin Flon from England when she was only 3 achieved a long life dream at the Paralympic games in Rio yesterday setting a new Canadian record in the pool.
Competing in the women's 100 M Butterfly, she set the new Canadian record at 1 minute 9.73 seconds to finish 5th overall. The previous record was held by team mate Aurellie Rivard, who already has 2 Rio medals in her pocket.
Sam is 17 years old and swims for the Goldfins Swim Club out of Saskatoon.
Her mom has a paper gold medal that Sam made when she was in kindergarten and said back then her life long dream was to win a Gold medal at the Olympics.
Sam will swim in the 100 Freestyle later today and her family has made the trip to Rio to cheer her on and are sporting Team Ryan Canadian t-shirts.
Team Canada sits 14th overall in the medal standings with 12 medals including 3 Gold, 7 Silver and 3 Bronze.