National Teams

Senior National Team

Michelle Toro

  • Age 31
  • Height 175.26 cm / 5 ftin
  • Club High Performance Centre - Ontario
  • Coach Ben Titley
  • Hometown Toronto, ON
  • Residence Toronto, ON
  • Event 50 FR, 100 FR

Michelle’s Bio

  • At the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Toro finished 10th in the 50-m freestyle with a personal best time.
  • At the 2017 Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria, Toro (née Williams) qualified for her second FINA World Championships with a gold medal performance in the 50-m freestyle. She added a bronze medal in the 100-m freestyle, in a personal best time.
  • At the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25-m) in Windsor, Ont. Williams individual made the semifinals of the 50-m freestyle where she finished 10th with a personal best time of 24.04. She was also a member of five relays.
  • At the same competition, Williams brought home two relay medals including a gold and silver. Williams was a member of the 4×50-m freestyle relay that earned a gold medal and set a new Canadian record. She was also a member of the 4×50-m mixed freestyle relay that won a bronze medal along with setting a new Canadian record. Other relays that she was a member of was the 4×100-m freestyle relay (DQ), the 4×50-m medley relay (4th) and the 4×50-m mixed medley relay (5th).
  • At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Williams earned herself a bronze medal in the 4×100-m freestyle relay as she took part in the morning session. She also swam in the 50-m freestyle where she finished in 18th.
  • At the 2016 Canadian Olympic & Para-Swimming Trials, Williams finished 4th in the 100-m freestyle, which earned her an Olympic berth. She also finished second in the 50-m freestyle.
  • At the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Williams competed in the 50-m and 100-m freestyle events where she finished sixth and fourth. She also took part in the gold medal 4×100-m freestyle relay that set a Pan Am and Canadian record.
  • At the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Williams finished 15thin the 50-m freestyle and 20th in the 100-m freestyle. In Kazan, Williams – along with Chantal Van Landeghem, Katerine Savard and Sandrine Mainville – finished fifth in the 4×100-m freestyle.
  • At the 2014 Commonwealth Games she helped Canada to bronze in both the 4×100-m medley relay and 4×100-m freestyle. At the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships she was eighth in the 50-m freestyle and part of the fourth- place 4×100-m freestyle relay.
  • She graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University, where she set multiple team records.
  • Born in Pretoria, South Africa, she speaks Afrikaans and English, and enjoys visiting her relatives in Jeffery’s Bay, South Africa.
  • She lists her older sister Lydia Williams, a former national team gymnast, as her biggest influence.
  • Inspirational quote: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho
  • Has a ritual of bringing something gold to every swim meet.
Quick Facts
  • Twitter: @michellewill5
  • Instagram: @michelle_will
  • Personal Web Page:
  • Favourite Movie: The Proposal, Zoolander, Pride and Prejudice
  • Favourite Book: The Martian
  • Favourite TV Show: Suits, The Office
  • Favourite Actor/Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
  • Favourite Restaurant: Swiss Chalet
  • Favourite Place to visit: Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa
  • Pre-race meal: Oatmeal with dried cranberries
  • Guilty Pleasure: Cheesecake
  • Quote: “It’s the possibility of making a dream come true that makes life interesting.” Paulo Coelho

Michelle’s Personal Bests

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100m Medley25mSwim Cup Lausanne
50m Freestyle50mFINA: 17th World Championships
100m Freestyle50mCanadian Swimming Trials
50m Freestyle25mFINA: 13th World Short Course Championships
50m Freestyle Laps25mFINA: 13th World Short Course ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Freestyle Laps25mFINA: 13th World Short Course ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Butterfly25mFINA: World Cup No 9 - 2016 Series
100m Freestyle25mFINA: World Cup No 8 - 2016 Series
100m Freestyle Laps50mXXXI Olympic GamesRELAY
50m Backstroke25mThe Milton Skins
100m Backstroke25mThe Milton Skins
50m Freestyle Laps50mSpeedo Eastern Canadian OpenRELAY1
200m Freestyle25mInvitation provinciale AA-AAA de Noel avec finales
50m Breaststroke25mFall Downtown Sprint Meet
50m Butterfly50mCanadian Swimming Trials
50m Backstroke50mCoupe Canada / Coupe Quebec 2014 (A Claude-Robillard)
200m Medley50mCoupe Canada / Coupe Quebec
200m Medley25mCanada Cup
200m Butterfly50mCoupe Canada/Coupe Quebec
100m Breaststroke50mAge Group International
800m Freestyle50mDr. Ralph Hicken Invitational
200m Butterfly25mYouth Cup
400m Medley25mSwim Meet
100m Breaststroke25mHall of Fame Meet
200m Freestyle Laps25mCanada GamesRELAY
100m Butterfly25mBritish Gas Grand Prix
200m Freestyle50mCanadian World Championship Trials
400m Freestyle50mSr. Provincials and AGI
200m Backstroke25mWestern Canadian Championships
200m Freestyle Laps50mJunior Pan Pacific ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Butterfly Laps50mJunior Pan Pacific ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Backstroke50mCanadian Age Group Nationals
400m Medley50mPerformance Meet
100m Butterfly50mDivision 1 Championships
400m Freestyle25mJr. S.C. Provincial Champ
100m Butterfly Laps25mOR Paul Bergen Junior InternationalRELAY
800m Freestyle25mHarvest Invitational
200m Backstroke50mLc Jr/Swad Provincials