October 6, 2022
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Commonwealth Games: Summer McIntosh is 15 and swimming’s next big thing

By on August 4, 2022 0

BIRMINGHAM – Summer McIntosh is 15 years old, she is fast and always in a hurry.

After her four medals, including two individual golds, at the recent World Aquatic Championships, the Canadian won six medals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, an encore performance that marked her as swimming’s next star.

She wrapped up her Games debut on Wednesday (August 3) with a silver medal in the 400m freestyle – narrowly losing to Australian middle-distance star Ariarne Titmus – and reminded everyone that she is still a teenager, expecting to turn 16 in two weeks. .

Standing in the mixed zone at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Summer, who enjoys spending the night with friends on weekends and creating TikTok videos with her older sister Brooke, 17, happily shared a pack of Haribo gummy bears with her teammates.

She told the Straits Times: “I was around 10 or 11 when I first started dreaming of going to the Olympics.

“Obviously I wasn’t going to make it when I was 10 but it was a dream of mine and it was such an unrealistic goal that I set myself and to be here now is very unreal, I have I feel like I’m living through someone else’s body to be honest.

“I’m so proud of where I came from and this whole team is just amazing. Everyone I compete against is probably some of my biggest idols of all time and to even be able to race them is such an honor and an amazing experience. which few people can do.”

She is already an Olympian, having competed at the Tokyo Games last year where she narrowly missed a medal twice, finishing fourth in the 400m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay.

Here in England, she won the individual 200m and 400m medley titles – the latter in Games record time – as well as three silvers and a bronze.

Her exploits in the pool are perhaps unsurprising given that she comes from a family of athletes.

His mother Jill Horstead swam at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and won a bronze medal in the 200m butterfly at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Brook, on the other hand, is a figure skater who finished fourth at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne and picked up a bronze medal in the pairs at the 2022 World Junior Championships.

The 1.75 m summer was involved in football, gymnastics, figure skating, horse riding and artistic swimming. She started swimming competitively at the age of eight and said: “I really enjoy the daily routine and the hard work for what it takes to be a top athlete and push myself in training. and pushing my body to the limit just so I can do it well in competition.”