Biography:

In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Kylie Masse won bronze in the 100m backstroke, setting a national record in the process. She also swam the leadoff backstroke leg for the 4x100m medley relay that set a national record in finishing fifth.

A year later, Masse made history by becoming the first Canadian woman to win a world title in swimming. She captured gold in the 100m backstroke at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary by setting a world record time of 58.10 seconds. She added a bronze medal as a member of the mixed 4x100m medley relay and got close to the podium in the women’s 4x100m medley relay (4th) and 200m backstroke (5th).

In 2018, Masse won gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke events at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, setting Commonwealth records in both. She also came home with silver medals from the 50m backstroke and 4x100m medley relay. Later that year, she won 100m backstroke gold at the Pan Pacific Championships after breaking the meet record in the preliminaries and was named female swimmer of the championships. She went on to be name Swimming Canada’s Female Swimmer of the Year for the second straight year.

Masse represented Canada at the World University Games in 2015 where she won gold in the 100m backstroke. Competing regularly for the University of Toronto, she was named the Varsity Blues’ female rookie of the year in 2014-15. She was name U of T’s female athlete of the year each of the next four years (2015-16 to 2018-19). In 2015-16 she also won the BLG Award as the female athlete of the year in Canadian university sport.

Her previous multi-sport experience includes a trip to the Canada Games in 2013.

A little more about Kylie…

Getting into the Sport: Started swimming competitively at age 10… After doing summer swim team with her siblings, decided she liked swimming and joined the competitive team in her area… Outside Interests: Studying kinesiology at the University of Toronto…Enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, dance classes…Odds and Ends: Nickname Ky… Likes to buy something during travels to remind her of the trip…