I’m Penny!

Proud and excited to represent Canada.


Olympic Champion and Record-Holder 100 Meter Freestyle
Canada’s Youngest Olympic Champion
4 Olympic Medals
6 World Championship Medals
8 World Junior Championship Records
13 Canadian Records
Rio 2016 Olympic Games Team Canada Flag Bearer
Lou Marsh Award for Canada's Top Athlete
About Penny

When Penny was 9 years old, she learned how to swim in a neighbour’s backyard pool. By the time she was 10, Penny was swimming competitively in Toronto, Canada.

At the 2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games, at age 16, Penny became Canada’s youngest Olympic Champion winning the gold medal in the 100 metre freestyle. Her time of 52.70 seconds set an Olympic record, Canadian record and World Junior record. Penny won a total of four medals at the Rio Olympic Games (including silver in the 100 metre butterfly and two bronze medals in relays) and is the only Canadian summer Olympian to win four medals at a single Olympic Games.

In recognition of her accomplishments, Penny was named flag bearer for Team Canada at the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympic Games, Lou Marsh Award winner as Canada’s top athlete of the year, and CP Female Athlete of the Year.

Out of the pool, Penny supports a number of charities that promote youth and girls in sport. She is passionate about helping those in need and inspiring young Canadians to follow their dreams.

Kenya 2017 with We.Org

The change starts within each one of us. And ends only when all children are free to be children.

- Craig Kielburger Me to We

Invictus Games Toronto 2017, with Team Canada

Competing in the Invictus Games is about so much more than just winning medals. It is about recognizing how far we have all come in conquering the obstacles fate has put in our way.

- Corporal (retired) Katherine Heath, Team Canada Invictus Games

Canadian Olympic Swimming trials 2016 with Team Canada 4×100 free relay team

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

- The Olympic creed

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For media inquiries contact Erin Richards at 416-627-5728.

2255B Queen St. E, # 155
Toronto, ON Canada, M4E 1G3