Friday, June 10, 2022
by: Funkita

Section: Industry News

Funkita is proud to announce a major sponsorship deal with young Canadian swimming prodigy Summer McIntosh on her journey towards the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

The 15-year-old Toronto swimmer, was the youngest Olympian for Team Canada in Tokyo, finishing fourth in the 400 metres freestyle in a new Canadian record time. Since then, she has continued her extraordinary trajectory up the world swimming ranks posting remarkable times to rival the likes of Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus (a former Funkita-sponsored swimmer when she was an age-group swimmer in Tasmania).

Already this year, McIntosh has broken the long-standing 400 metres individual medley Commonwealth record held by Australian Olympic Champion Stephanie Rice, becoming the third-fastest woman of all-time and in the process, setting a new World Junior Record. She swam under the World Junior Record in the 200 metres butterfly and broke the Canadian record in the 400 metres freestyle, ranking her third in the world this year. Her times in the 200 metres butterfly and 400 metres individual medley rank her number one in the world leading into the FINA World Swimming Championships to be held next month in Budapest.

She has now accumulated over 50 Canadian age-group records and, with her selection on the Canadian Swimming Team for the FINA World Swimming Championships and Commonwealth Games, is set to showcase to the world what she can achieve. 
The relationship between Funkita and the McIntosh family has extended for half a decade, as Jill McIntosh (Summer’s mum who is an Olympian herself) points out, 

“Summer has loved Funkita since she was 10 years old!”

As Erika our Athlete Manager recalls, “We realised Summer must have been fielding proposals from the major brands, so it was incredible when she decided to stick with us at Funkita. We have watched and cheered her on for years, so we are so thrilled to be with her through to the Paris Olympic Games.
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