Biography:

Michelle Williams was part of Canada’s bronze medal-winning 4x100m freestyle relay at Rio 2016, swimming in the heats. Williams had achieved several career highlights in 2015. At the Pan Am Games she helped Canada win gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay in Pan Am record time and just missed the podium in the 100m freestyle. She also made her FINA World Championship debut where she was part of the fifth place finish in the 4x100m freestyle relay and advanced to the semifinals in the 50m freestyle. Williams was named to her first senior national team at the 2014 Canadian Trials, giving her the chance to compete at the Commonwealth Games and the Pan Pacific Championships. She came home from Glasgow with a pair of bronze medals from the 4x100m freestyle and 4×100 medley relays. After a near-miss at the Commonwealth Games, Williams was able to advance to the final of the 50m freestyle at the Pan Pacs. While at Ohio State University she earned multiple Scholar-Athlete accolades.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents William and Emsie Williams… Older sister Lydia was a national team gymnast (2000-05) and is her greatest influence for teaching the importance of hard work… Older brother Will… The family moved to Canada when she was six (1997) so they could have a future free of violence and corruption… Getting into the Sport: Started swimming lessons at age 8… In her first meet at age 9 she swam 25m of every stroke… Outside Interests: Graduated from Ohio State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science… Would like to pursue a career in health/medicine… Would like to learn to play guitar… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Shelly… Favourite quote: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist… A new ritual is to have something gold (such as a purse or watch) with her at swim meets…