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Kelsey WOG
Sport Swimming
NOC Canada   
Born19 Sep 1998 in Regina, CAN
Height1.68 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Higher education
Agricultural Studies, Food Technology - University of Manitoba: Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age seven.
Why this sport?
"I started swimming at age seven, with the I Can Swim programme. From lessons I went to being competitive. As a kid I had one instructor who said I could be really good, but didn't know until 13 or 14 that I was good at breaststroke. I started highland dance when I was four or five. I always hated swimming as a kid, but stopped hating it and started liking it when I won my first provincials or something."
Club / Team
University of Manitoba: Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Name of coach
Vlastik Cerny [club]
General Interest
Taking care of her pets, baking, rafting, spending time with friends. (californiaprunes.ca, 10 Nov 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My race day goal is always to stay present and race what I have trained." (californiaprunes.ca, 10 Nov 2020)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2019/20 Female Athlete of the Year by U Sports while representing the University of Manitoba in Canada. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 26 Jun 2020)

She was named the 2019/20 Female Athlete of the Year by the Canada West Universities Athletic Association while representing the University of Manitoba in Canada. (news.umanitoba.ca, 07 May 2020)

She was named the 2018/19 and 2019/20 Female Athlete of the Year at the Brown and Gold Awards, an annual event held by the University of Manitoba in Canada. (gobisons.ca, 27 Mar 2020; news.umanitoba.ca, 01 Apr 2019)
Other sports
She competed in highland dancing at junior national level events in Canada. "Dancing gave me a lot of body awareness and strength before swimming. That really helped me when I was first learning how to swim." (swimming.ca, 04 Jul 2019; mbhighlanddance.com, 14 May 2014)
Other information
She preferred to stay in Canada after graduating high school rather than swim in the US collegiate system. In 2016 she began swimming for the University of Manitoba. "When I was in grade 12, I was looking into schools, mostly in Canada because I wanted to stay in Canada. I knew the NCAA route wasn't for me. I just really enjoy living at home and I have so much support here from my family and parents. There was also a programme in Canada that I liked and I've just made some really good connections with my coach, the strength and conditioning coach, and like my massage therapist. I don't think I could have left all that." (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 18 Mar 2020; news.umanitoba.ca, 03 Apr 2017; globalnews.ca, 19 Dec 2016)

She joined the University of Manitoba's junior swimming programme in the 2006/07 season. She first met coach Vlastik Cerny at age 10. "Vlast and I, I thought our relationship was good in previous years, but this year [speaking in 2020] it has gotten so much better. We've really talked about sticking with the process and taking each day as it comes, and still giving my best every day." (gobisons.ca, 05 Mar 2020; canadawest.prestosports.com, 08 Dec 2015)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
23 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.73
16 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke DSQ
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2022 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:23.86
3 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Individual Medley 2:12.96
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Breaststroke 2:25.14
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Breaststroke 2:18.52 
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.00