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25 Team Canada athletes from Toronto that you should be following on Instagram

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Ainsley Smith Aug 02, 2016 7:14 am

Canadian athletes are currently making their way to Brazil with the dreams of returning home with a gold medal.

This summer, Ontario is the most represented province with 132 athletes competing, followed by British Columbia with 68 and Quebec with 54.

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We’ve rounded up the 25 most social media savvy athletes hailing from the Greater Toronto Area that you need to follow and cheer on during the 2016 Summer Games.

Martha McCabe

The 26-year-old Toronto native will be competing in the women’s 200m breaststroke competition. This will mark her second Olympic appearance.

Aaron Brown

Aaron made his Olympic debut at London 2012 where he came within one spot of qualifying for the 200m final. This year, he will be competing in the 100m and 200m sprints as well as the 4x100m relay.

Rebecca Quinn

Meeting the Prime Minister ✔️ it’s crazy the opportunities sport gives!

A photo posted by Rebecca Quinn (@thequinny5) on

Rebecca is a 20-year-old soccer player hailing from Toronto. After being left out of last summer’s Women’s World Cup squad, she is more than ready to represent her country in Rio this summer.

Andre De Grasse

On the track with JT. Had fun today at TDSB finals with the kids

A photo posted by Andre De Grasse (@de6rasse) on

Andre is a 21-year-old sprinter from Scarborough. He is currently the reigning Pan Am champion in the 100m and 200m sprint.

Penny Oleksiak

Less than 30 days✌ #letsgo #rio

A photo posted by Penny Oleksiak (@typicalpen) on

Rio will be Penny’s first attempt at an Olympic gold medal. The 16-year-old will be competing in the women’s 100m free and 100m butterfly competitions.

Arthur Biyarslanov

Me and coach #teamcanada #Rio2016

A photo posted by Noxchi Borz – Chechen Wolf (@arthurbiyarslanov) on

Arthur began boxing as 12-years-old and eight years later the Torontonian will be competing at his first Olympic Games in men’s boxing.

Brittany Crew

Brittany broke into shot put when she was 15-years-old. This spring, Crew, a CIS First Team All-Canadian, became York University’s first back-to-back female athlete of the year award winner in 31 years. This will be the 22-year-old’s first Olympic appearance.

Mark Oldershaw

Some guy jumped in the back of my C1! At least he’s in stroke 👍 #wepaddle #icfsprint #Nelo #asics #RoadToRio

A photo posted by Mark Oldershaw (@markoldershaw) on

Mark is a veteran Team Canada athlete and made his debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Rio will mark his third Olympic appearance and he will be competing in the men’s C-1 1000m.

Gabriela Stafford

This 20-year-old Toronto native will be representing Canada in the women’s 1500 in Rio this summer.

Daniel Nestor

Happy to get our first win on the dirt #montecarlomasters

A photo posted by Daniel Nestor (@danielnestor1) on

Daniel will be replacing Milos Raonic in Rio this year, but this won’t be his first Olympic Games. Rio will mark Nestor’s sixth Olympic appearance, with his first taking place some 20 years ago in the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Kelsie Ahbe

After placing 5th at the 2015 Pan Am Games, Rio will be the 25-year-old Torontonian’s shot at winning a gold medal. Kelsie will be competing in women’s pole vaulting.

Rosie MacLennan

Rosie is no stranger to the Olympic podium, as she took home a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. This year she will not only be competing in women’s trampoline, but she’ll also be leading Team Canada into the Opening Ceremony.

Shawn Barber

The #rio2016 pole vault squad. 🇨🇦

A photo posted by Shawn (@vaultbarber) on

After winning Pan Am gold in pole vaulting on home soil last summer, the 22-year-old is looking to bring home an Olympic gold.

Chanice Chase-Taylor

Chanice will be competing in the 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay this summer and this will mark her first-ever Olympic Games.

Tom Ramshaw

Toronto’s Tom Ramshaw will represent Canada in the men’s Finn. The 24-year-old will be making his Olympic debut after transitioning from the Laser class.

Jennifer Martins

Jennifer began rowing in 2007 during her first year at Western University. This will be the 26-year-old’s first Olympic Games and she will be competing in the women’s rowing pair.

Devohn Noronha Teixeira

Devohn first played field hockey when he was 12-years-old. Now at 27, this will be his first Olympic Summer Games.

Kennedy Goss

✌️out Toronto! Kicking my way to Rio! #olympics 🇨🇦->🇧🇷

A photo posted by Kennedy Goss (@kennedygoss) on

Being an Olympian is in Kennedy’s blood. As the daughter of two-time Olympic silver medallist Sandy Goss, Rio will mark Kennedy’s Olympic debut and she’ll be competing in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

Adam van Koeverdan

My 5 week training camp in Hungary is almost up… and I have some folks to thank. @nelokayaks thanks for the boats! @asicscanada thanks for keeping me well clothed & shoed, @mazdacanada thank you for the zoom zoom and for 20 years of support to @canoekayakcan, @oakley cheers for protecting my eyeballs from the sun and for being my longest standing sponsor (17 years!), @nortonrosefulbright thanks for sharing this journey and helping me along the way. Last but certainly not least, @bell_canada thanks for keeping me connected to my friends and family. I’ve spent most of my National Team career on the road, and you’ve made staying in touch with my loved ones back home possible… Beyond that your commitment to mental health thru @bell_letstalk is exemplary and amazing and I’m so proud to stick a BELL on my boat. I love you guys, could never have achieved my goals this year without your support. 🇨🇦❤️🇨🇦 • • Off to Rio soon! All the best to all my friends, teammates and competitors! 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇨🇦🇨🇦

A photo posted by Adam van Koeverden (@avankoeverden) on

Adam is a Summer Olympics veteran and Rio will be his fourth Olympic appearance. He won his first Olympic gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics and has since gone on to win two silver Olympic medals (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) and a bronze (Athens 2004).

Brittany MacLean

Rio will be this 22-year-old Torontonian’s second Olympic appearance. Brittany competed at the 2012 London Olympics and will be competing in the women’s 200m free, 400m free, 800m free, and 4×200-m free relay.

Javier Acevedo

Rio will be Javier’s Olympic debut and he will be representing Canada in the men’s 100m back competition.

Michelle Williams

Living the dream. #isthisreallife ? #somebodypinchme #olympicrings #villagelife #letsdothis #roadtorio

A photo posted by Michelle Williams (@michelle_will) on

After helping Team Canada win gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2015 Pan Am Games, this will be Michelle’s shot at winning an Olympic gold medal. Michelle will be competing in the women’s 50m free competition.

Kristina Valjas

Landed in Rio! Let the adventure begin!! @brodes6 @shootermay #rio2016 #teamcanada

A photo posted by Kristina Valjas (@kstinav) on

This will mark the 29-year-old Toronto native’s first Olympic appearance. Kristina will be competing for a women’s beach volleyball gold medal.

Khamica Bingham

Khamica began running track at 15-years-old. Now at 22, this Brampton native will be competing in her first Olympic Games. Khamica will be competing in the women’s 4x100m relay and 100m.

Tamara Tatham

After finishing 8th at the 2012 London Olympics, this will be Tamara’s big shot of bringing a gold medal back onto Canadian soil.


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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is always on the hunt for the best avocado toast.

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