Young Canadian sports stars are poised to take the next step in 2023

As 2023 approaches, a look back at some of the success stories in Canadian sport warrants recognition for the exciting new stars of the future.

The Canadian Press dives into Canada’s breakout stars of 2022 to keep an eye on for years to come.

Summer McIntosh, swimming

The Toronto native wasn’t an unknown entering 2022, but McIntosh brightened her star on just about every stage she could. After an Olympic display that saw her finish fourth in two events last year, the 16-year-old claimed four medals (two gold, one silver, one bronze) in her first World Championships.

A couple of weeks later, McIntosh added another six medals at the Commonwealth Games (two gold, three silver, one bronze). With another world championship in July, McIntosh could be in line for a few more medals as the Paris Olympics await her in 2024.

SEE | McIntosh wins butterfly gold at worlds:

Toronto teenager Summer McIntosh wins world championship gold in the 200m butterfly

15-year-old Summer McIntosh broke her own junior world record, set just the previous day, to win gold in the women’s 200m butterfly at the 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Connor Bedard, hockey

The 17-year-old, who is expected to be the top pick in the 2023 NHL draft, burst onto the scene in the 2021-22 season playing for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League. After opening the 2021 portion of the season with 24 points in 24 games, Bedard had an impressive 76 points in 38 games to finish the season with 51 goals and 49 assists. He also helped Canada win gold at the 2022 World Junior Championships, contributing eight points (four goals, four assists) in seven games.

Bedard has only raised his level of play since, with 27 goals and 64 points in 28 WHL games this season. He will help Canada try to retain the world junior title in 2023.

SEE | Bedard pots pair in pre-tournament win over Finland:

Bedard shines as Canada defeats Finland

Connor Bedard scored twice as Canada defeated Finland 5-3 in World Junior pre-competition on Friday.

Bennedict Mathurin, basketball

The Montreal native enjoyed a quantum leap in the college ranks after a solid 2020-21 freshman season at the University of Arizona, where he was named to the Pac-12 all-Freshman team. In 2021-22, Mathurin increased his scoring average from 10.8 to 17.7 en route to being named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, a second-team all-American and a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, given to the most outstanding college – the basketball. player.

Drafted sixth overall by the Indiana Pacers in last summer’s NBA draft, Mathurin has been among the top rookies in the league averaging 17.2 points per game.

Camryn Rogers, hammer throw

After a fifth-place finish at the Tokyo Games and a third consecutive NCAA title, Rogers further etched his name into the history books in 2022. The native of Richmond, BC emerged to win Canada’s first medal at the track and field worlds while becoming the first-ever Canadian woman to win a world championship medal in field events, earning silver in July. Shortly after, she added a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

With the Canadian and NCAA records in hand, Rogers is competing in his senior year at the University of California, Berkeley. And with another World Cup looming next summer, she may need room at home for more hardware.

SEE | Rogers takes silver medal at worldwide:

Camryn Rogers won silver in the hammer throw final at the World Championships in Athletics

The native of Richmond, BC, scored 75.52 on her third attempt for Canada’s first medal at the 2022 World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Ore.

Mia Vallée, diving

With Diving Canada expecting to go through a transition period after some retirements, Vallée came through as the next potential star. The University of Miami star struck in 2022, winning two Grand Prix medals before taking home two more (one silver, one bronze) at her first World Championships.

VallĂ©e, of Beaconsfield, Que., followed that up with three medals at the Commonwealth Games, highlighted by a gold in the one-meter springboard. She will try to strengthen her position among the world’s best at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in July leading up to Paris 2024.

SEE | Vallée takes silver at the Commonwealth Games:

Mia Vallée wins silver in the World Diving Championships

The Beaconsfield, Que. native placed second in the women’s 3-meter springboard final at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The 21-year-old previously won bronze in the women’s 1-metre springboard final earlier this week.

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