September 28, 2016 | 3 minute read
Published in Active Meaningful Years
Some might say Martha McCabe was destined to be an Olympic swimmer, participating in the “McCabe Olympics” with her three older siblings at the family cottage while growing up in Toronto, Ontario. Her Olympic dreams came true in 2012, when she came 5th at the London Olympics and subsequently named 2012 Female Swimmer of the Year at Swimming Canada’s Big Splash Awards.
A year earlier McCabe found her place among the world’s elite by winning bronze at the 2011 FINA World Championships. In 2013 she advanced to her third straight world championship 200m breaststroke final. In 2014 McCabe competed at the Canadian Trials, and earned a spot on the team for the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships.
For three months she had been unable to lift her arms over her head and was forced to modify her training to work primarily on her kick. She made the final of the 200m breaststroke at both international events. She won silver in the 200m breaststroke at Toronto 2015, finishing only behind teammate Kierra Smith. For the Olympic season she decided to rejoin coach Jozsef Nagy, who had guided her from 2007 to 2012, in Vancouver.
When we asked Martha what was in her shoes, we were shocked (but not surprised) to see her wearing a pair of Wiivvs. The grey hex patterns helping her recover in her training, and as she so elegantly put it "Giving her that edge she needs as a high level athlete to out perform her competition". We couldn't be more proud to wish Martha all the luck in the world when she once again chases her Olympic Dreams.
Olympic Swimmer, Martha McCabe, will once again be swimming in the 200M Women's Breaststroke
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