Summer Mortimer

Summer Mortimer heads to the London 2012 Paralympic Games with plenty of confidence. She is the world record holder in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke. Four of those records were established in a brilliant 2010 season which included four gold medals at the IPC World Championships.

In addition, at the Paralympic swim trials this past spring, Mortimer beat her world mark in the 50 freestyle and neared her standard in the 100 freestyle as well.

Mortimer’s athletic skills were clearly evident when she pursued a career in para-swimming after a trampoline accident three years ago left her with limited range of motion in her feet. Mortimer was a competitive trampoline jumper and was pursuing a goal to compete at the national championships when the mishap occurred.

Mortimer was also a competitive swimmer before her accident and the transition to para-swimming certainly helped Mortimer deal with a difficult phase in her life. After a rehabilitation period, she established herself among the top para-swimmers on the planet.

Mortimer is now coached by Reg Chappell at Duck Swimming in Aurora, Ont., after being guided by her father, Craig Mortimer, at the same club.

Mortimer is featured in the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Super Athletes marketing campaign and has been nicknamed “The Storm.”


2012 London ParalympicsSwimming50m Freestyle - Womengold
2012 London ParalympicsSwimming100m Backstroke - Womengold
2012 London ParalympicsSwimming200m Individual Medley - Womensilver
2012 London ParalympicsSwimming100m Freestyle - Womenbronze


Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34pts - Women 7
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 1
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 3
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 1
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Women 2
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay - Women 7