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Fifteen-year-old GTA resident Amanda Reason broke the world record inthe women’s 50-metre breaststroke on Wednesday at the worldchampionships swimming trials in Montreal.

Fifteen-year-old GTA resident Amanda Reason broke the world record in the women’s 50-metre breaststroke on Wednesday at the world championships swimming trials in Montreal.

It is Canada’s first world record in the long course pool since Allison Higson lowered the mark in the 200 breaststroke in 1988.

This week’s competition is determining the Canadian swimming team for the world aquatic championships scheduled for July 19 to Aug. 2.

Reason finished in 30.23 seconds at the Parc Jean-Drapeau outdoor pool to eclipse the previous world mark of 30.31 seconds set by Jade Edmistone of Australia in 2006. Reason held the Canadian record going into the final at 31.24 seconds set this past January.

“This is just amazing,” said Reason. “I’m speechless, incredible. My coach (Kevin Thorburn) said I had to go out fast and get my head into the motion. And I did that well in the beginning and kept pushing it through to the end and I did it. It’s all about confidence.”

The swimmer originally from LaSalle, Ont. qualified for the world championships last night with a second-place finish in the 100-metre breaststroke.

This February Reason moved away from her home in LaSalle, near Windsor, to better pursue her dream. Moving in with her aunt in Brampton, she joined the elite Etobicoke Swim Club and started attending a special athletic program at Silverthorn Collegiate Institute, where she’ll begin Grade 11 this fall.