Summer Mortimer

Summer Mortimer b. 1993, Burlington Ontario.

Growing up in a sports oriented family, Summer spent her youth training as a competitive swimmer with three passions: sports, art, and music.

By the age of 11, she was number one in Canada for her age group in swimming, and by 13 years old was the youngest athlete to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Trials. Later in 2008 as a competitive trampolinist, Summer suffered a double mini trampolining accident that shattered both of her feet and left her with disabilities in both feet. After multiple surgeries, Summer spent her recovery time diving into her love of music and art, while she used her love of the water to learn how to walk and swim again.

From this moment on, Summer embarked on a mission to pursue these three passions. She has an extensive international swimming career, breaking numerous World Records, and winning five World Championship titles and four medals in the London 2012 Paralympic Games (2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze). In October of 2015, Summer held her first art exhibit titled “Psychedelic Safari” in Brantford, On. at the Station Coffee House and Gallery. By the end of 2015, she was diagnosed with Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, and decided to take a break from swimming and step off the Paralympic team for Rio 2016 to focus on music. Summer studied music at Mohawk College in their music program as a Vocal Performance major. Her favourite styles of music to perform are funk, R’n’B and classic jazz. Summer also discovered her love of theatre and live performance through working at Burlington Student Theatre as a vocal coach and assistant music director.

Summer studied music at Mohawk College in their music program as a Vocal Performance major. Her favourite styles of music to perform are funk, R’n’B and classic jazz. Summer also discovered her love of theatre and live performance through working at Burlington Student Theatre as a vocal coach and assistant music director.

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