Canadian swimmer Summer McIntosh has been honored as The Canadian Press female athlete of the year for her outstanding achievements in 2023. At just age of 17, McIntosh displayed remarkable talent and composure, securing her position as a double world champion in the 200-metre butterfly and 400-metre individual medley.
Summer McIntosh’s World Championship Success
McIntosh defended her world titles in Fukuoka, Japan, making her a double world champion for two consecutive years. She expressed pride in her personal growth through these experiences and emphasized reaching her full potential in each race.
Summer McIntosh’s Resilience and Learning
Despite facing challenges, such as placing fourth in her first race, McIntosh demonstrated resilience and a quick turnaround. Learning from setbacks was crucial for her, and she emphasized the importance of mental and physical preparation for the next race.
Record-Breaking Performances by Summer McIntosh
McIntosh set two world records at the Canadian trials in March, breaking the previous records in the 400 IM and 400 freestyle. She became the first swimmer to hold both records simultaneously, showcasing her exceptional skills.
Ending Ledecky’s Streak
In a remarkable achievement, McIntosh ended U.S. star Katie Ledecky’s 11-year winning streak in the 400-metre freestyle. This victory at the U.S. Open in December highlighted McIntosh’s prowess in the sport.
Recognition and Future Potential
Summer McIntosh received 24 out of 52 votes in a survey of sports journalists and broadcasters, securing her position as The Canadian Press female athlete of the year. Swimming Canada’s high-performance director, John Atkinson, commended McIntosh’s attitude, commitment, passion, and the support she receives.
McIntosh’s achievements at such a young age suggest a promising future, and she is expected to continue making waves in high-performance sports.