The Athlete of the Month is our way of acknowledging a BC-located athlete who has displayed outstanding performances in their sport and deserves recognition. Athletes chosen monthly to be the face of Canadian Sport Institute Pacific will receive a celebration feature on our website and a gift from 2XU.
Each athlete selected as Athlete of the Month receives a small token of congratulation sponsored by 2XU. CSI Pacific would like to thank 2XU for their generosity and support of the program.
Aug 25th 1997
Place of Birth:
Tom Johnson (CSI Pacific Registered Coach)
I am a 21 year old swimmer and environmental science student at UBC. I was born in Ontario, however I moved to Delta, BC when I was in grade 6. I started swimming when I was around 10 years old, and I have represented Team Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic, 2016 FINA World Short Course Championships, 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships, 2017 World University Games, 2018 Commonwealth Games, and the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.
- 7th Place at 2016 Summer Olympics in Men’s 4x100m Free Relay
- 7 Golds & 7 Meet Records at 2019 U-Sport Championships
- Bronze Medal in 100m Backstroke at Commonwealth Games
THE REASON BEHIND BEING NOMINATED FOR THE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH:
Markus Thormeyer, a registered athlete with CSI Pacific since 2013 and part of the Swimming Canada National Training Centre in Vancouver, recently competed at the Canadian Swimming Trials and absolutely shattered expectations. Markus went a perfect 4 for 4 winning all of the races he competed in: 100m & 200m Freestyle, 100m & 200m Backstroke. In doing so, Markus set four personal bests and one Canadian record! (100m Backstroke).
What it’s like juggling being a Varsity athlete and being in a National Team program?
I find that being a varsity athlete helps me achieve higher levels of performance, enhancing my swimming in the National Team program. I find that I swim best when I do things outside of the pool so I’m not only focusing on swimming all the time, and academics have really helped me in that area by giving me things to study that I’m very interested in.
Why did you chose Vancouver National Training Centre versus other ones around Canada?
I chose the Vancouver National Training Centre to train at for many reasons. I thought the training group was really good to train with because it has a lot of people my age who were relatable and genuinely good people. The coaching and support staff are also really experienced. This centre also allows me to be part of a national training centre while getting education at a good university.
What are some of the challenges in performing well in both freestyle and backstroke?
I do find training both freestyle and backstroke to be refreshing because it gives me variety during workouts, so challenges aren’t in training but at the competition. I think the biggest challenges to performing in both the freestyles and backstrokes is when my events are back to back at competitions. Having 2 events in a row can be quite physically and mentally demanding, so you have to create plans and be ready for it, but my coach and I work on performing multiple times in a session at workout so its something we are aware of and working on doing well.
What are your goals for the upcoming season and Tokyo 2020?
In the upcoming season I want to keep improving all my best times in the events which I will hopefully be swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. I want to start to make a name for myself at the international level. I think it goes without saying that I want to medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,
Did you plan to peak for Canadian trials, or can we expect even better results at Worlds?
The Canadian trials were a peak, however I am also going to peak at worlds. There were a lot of things I could improve on all my swims at the Canadian trials, so I am going to be working on those and hopefully I’ll see improvements and more time dropped at the World Championships this summer.
What’s your relationship with your coach like, and how it has helped you with your successes?
My coach and I have a good relationship. We both practice open communication and are respectful of each others’ opinions. He has coached a lot of successful swimmers in his career so I trust that he knows what he is doing, but I also will speak up if I feel my training needs adjusting and he will listen to me. I think this relationship is very healthy and is definitely contributed positively to my successes.
Do you work with different coaches and staff when competing internationally, and if so, does that affect your ability to perform?
I work with the same coach and am familiar with most of the swimming Canada staff when competing internationally, so I think that helps me perform internationally because I am comfortable working with everyone and they also know what I need at the individual level.
What’s a piece of advice for fellow athletes?
My advice for fellow athletes is: Focus on being the best all-around person you can be in every aspect of life and work towards genuine happiness.
Doing that has improved my quality of life greatly which I believe helped me achieve high levels of performance. I think great people make great athletes, and if you work on being the best you you can be, you’d surprise yourself with what you’re capable of.
What’s your favourite colour and why?
My favourite colour is green because its a very peaceful colour. Walking through a forest and seeing a lot of green feels rejuvenating.