“Growing up, all my role models wore Speedo when they competed”.
Ryan began swimming with his twin brother Devon in the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. After graduating from the program, he first became immersed in competitive swimming through a summer camp put on by the local swim club Island Swimming. During the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Ryan became the first Canadian male to win a medal in 400m Free.
Lauren attended her first swim lesson at age 7. She then started traveling internationally for swimming at 16. Lauren is one of New Zealand's greatest female swimmers. In 2013 she claimed three bronze medals at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, becoming only the second New Zealander to do and the first woman to ever do so at a World Championships.
Every so often, it’s worthwhile to take a moment and appreciate how much work has been done over the years to achieve women’s equality. It’s hard to think that there was a time when women weren’t allowed to compete in any sport, let alone swimming!
After reaching two finals on an encouraging European Junior Championship debut in 2010, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor burst on to the scene in 2011, winning 200m Individual Medley gold at the ASA National Championships to secure a place at the World Championships in Shanghai. She was the youngest swimmer on the London 2012 Olympic team. During the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, she became the first GB woman to win a medal in 200 IM.
Elite swim coach Fred Vergnoux is no stranger to steering swimmers to Olympic glory and world champion status. A former head coach to the Spanish Olympic team, he’s seen more than 244 records broken under his tutelage, including world and national record-breaking performances from Spanish number one, Mireia Belmonte Garcia.
Steph Slater was a talented able-bodied age group swimmer and won her first British Championship medal at the 2010 Champs in Manchester. After suffering nerve damage to her brachial plexus in 2011, she lost strength in her left arm and eventually lost use of it completely. She returned to the water in November 2012 with the aim of reaching the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Takayuki took up swimming seriously in 2003 in Hamamatsu, Japan and began training and competing when he was in high school.
She carried the flag for her native country at the opening ceremony of the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She became the first black woman to win a world swimming title at the 2014 Short Course World Championships.. During the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Alia became the first Jamaican swimmer to win a medal at such a competition.
Sophie began swimming at 7. After a ride on a lawn mower accident, she was amputated below the knee
Born in Quebec, Canada, Benoit started swimming competitively when he was 10 years old and has collected a host of medals since then.