KIERRA SMITH


Kierra Smith is a Canadian breaststroker from Kelowna B.C. She is a nine time Canadian age group gold medalist, Pan American champion, two time Junior Pan Pacific champion, Big Ten champion, NCAA champion, four time Canadian champion, world cup champion and three time all-American. She is a Canadian national age group record holder and Canadian record holder. Kierra is an Olympic finalist two time world championships finalist and has three Commonwealth games medals.

PAN AM GAMES – TORONTO

I just about lost it standing on that podium and it was tough keeping it together. You don’t rehearse being on a podium at home playing your national anthem and I don’t think anything can prepare you for that moment when it comes. It was 10 times better having Martha and I going 1-2 and being up there with her too. Heck, I enjoyed having Annie Lazor up there with us. Like everyone else, I just got through cheering on the Canadian women’s soccer team for most of last month, then I spent Canada day in Victoria celebrating everything Canada and finally when it came to singing Oh Canada for those couple of minutes my knees just about buckled.

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KIERRA SMITH

When she was 12, Kierra Smith met Annamay Pierse, who asked about Smith’s times in their shared event, the 200m breaststroke, and cheered her on in competition. That encouragement from the Canadian who went on to set the world record made Smith want to represent Canada herself. She got that chance in 2011 at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara and came home with a silver medal from the 4x100m medley relay. Smith qualified for her first senior national team in 2014 which allowed her to compete at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships.

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Achievements

Kierra Smith