When it comes to the competitive sport scene, there’s no city in Canada that kills it like Toronto does. We’ve got players born and raised in the GTA who were sent off to play at the peak of multiple national sports leagues. Apart from the well known favourites, fans continue to support their hometown heroes with undying loyalty. Hoping to spot a Toronto celebrity flying under the radar in your city? We’ve got the list for you with 5 athletes from the GTA.
Here are 5 athletes you didn’t know are from the GTA
Andre De Grasse
Although this olympic track star may look familiar, many readers may be surprised to find themselves sharing their hometown of Scarborough with him. De Grasse is a bronze medalist in the 100 metre race, and was the first Canadian runner to earn three medals in a single olympics. His teenage racing career began while attending Milliken Mills High School in Markham, yet only after being convinced to switch over from basketball. It is De Grasse’s brief highschool basketball career that brings us to our next GTA athlete…
Even though no one knew it at the time, while attending highschool, De Grasse would find himself playing ball against Andrew Wiggins. Growing up in Thornhill, Wiggins would continue to play basketball until finally becoming the second Canadian ever to be drafted number 1 in the NBA. In his first season, Wiggins did his hometown proud when he earned the rookie of the year award. The GTA will undoubtedly continue to cheer him on as he grinds for his first championship ring .
Another Olympic medalist, Oleksiak has had a very exciting career for being only 20 years old. Growing up in the heart of Toronto, this swimmer began setting records while still a teenager in the Junior Swimming Championships. Additionally, she would soon go on to become the first person born in the 2000’s to earn an Olympic gold medal during an individual event. Penny Oleksiak brings a tremendous amount of talent to the GTA’s bragging rights, but it turns out she isn’t the only member of her family playing in professional sports…
As an NHL hockey player for the Dallas Stars, Jamie is the second sibling from the Oleksiak family to have a knack for pro sports. After moving away from Toronto to play college level hockey in the U.S, he became the highest draft pick ever selected from his university. Although living and playing in America for quite some time, Jamie made the decision to represent Canada internationally during the 2012 World Juniors. I guess Canadian fans were just that much more supportive!
Originally born in what is now called Montenegro, many people may be surprised to discover that Raonic moved to Brampton at the young age of four. It was here in the GTA that he picked up and learned tennis before becoming a pro. Raonic’s best rank of number 3 makes Canada proud as it is the highest any Canadian has ever achieved.
These five athletes from the GTA are each successful in their individual careers. They cover multiple sports in their representation of the city’s diverse nature. With any luck, they may be spotted enjoying the outdoor GTA vibes as the city continues to open up in the future.