Biography:

Noemie Thomas has fond memories of watching the Athens 2004 Olympic Games on a tiny TV screen in the small pool office at her summer swim club. She had an international breakthrough at the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) where she set national short course records in the 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly while finishing fourth in both events. In 2013 she competed at the FINA World Championships where she advanced to the final of the 100m butterfly, finishing seventh. That outstanding debut led to her being named Swimming Canada’s 2013 Junior Female Swimmer of the Year. Thomas’ freshman year at the University of California – Berkeley was highlighted by helping the Golden Bears win the 2015 NCAA Championship. After missing the national team in 2014 when an ankle injury disrupted her training, she won a pair of silver medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in the 100m butterfly and 4x100m medley relay. She followed that up by advancing to her second straight world championship final in the 100m butterfly.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Kenneth Thomas and Cecilia Yee-Wah Ip… Younger brother Evan Thomas plays hockey… Getting into the Sport: Learned to swim at age 5 with her grandmother… Started swimming competitively at age 7 but the best memories of her first meet are drinking hot chocolate and the smell of pancakes… Outside Interests: Enjoys cooking, shopping, going to zoos, aquariums and amusement parks… Studying psychology at University of California – Berkeley… Odds and Ends: Nicknames: Nono, Ting… Always drinks coffee and eats oatmeal with brown sugar and peanut butter on race day… Always touches the outside of every airplane she travels on… Favourite motto: What other people think of you is none of your business…