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Here are Toronto’s most inspiring women of 2023 in sports

With the end of the year upon us, we’re taking the time to honour some of the most inspiring women of 2023. Toronto has been well-represented on the national and international courts and fields this year — here are the most inspiring women in sports, from coaches to record-breaking swimmers, in Toronto.  You can find the rest of the list of Toronto’s most inspiring women of 2023 here. 

Fay DeFazio Ebert

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Fay DeFazio Ebert (photo: COC & @juliodetefon)

At just 13 years old, the skateboarder was the youngest athlete at the Pan Am Games and became the youngest gold medallist on Team Canada after her triumphant win.

Marina Stakusic

@marinastakusic – Courtesy ITF and Martin Sidorjak

The 18-year-old made her mark on the tennis world when her breakout performance helped Team Canada clinch their first Billie Jean King Cup, the most prestigious tennis title in women’s international team play.

Summer McIntosh


At the World Aquatics Championship this summer, the 16-year-old became the only Canadian swimmer with four world titles (and broke two world records earlier in April).

Stephanie Fauquier

L-R: Stephanie Fauquier and her mom. Courtesy racewithsteph.com

The Torontonian completed 10 triathlons in 10 provinces this year for her mother, after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, raising over $300,000 to go toward research on the disease.

Saroya Tinker

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The founder of Black Girl Hockey Club Canada and professional hockey player went out with a bang before retiring at 25 — Toronto Six won the first ever Isobel cup this March. 

Angela James

An icon of women’s hockey in Canada who was a trailblazer from the start when she was named the first and only Black woman to captain Canada’s national team, and was later the first openly gay player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. And now the inspiration continues — as the new general manager and co-owner of the Toronto Six, she was there to support the team in making history as the first Canadian team in the Premier Hockey Federation to win the league’s Isobel Cup.

Lucia Stafford


The Toronto runner started off 2023 with a bang when she shattered records for the indoor 1,000 metres, clocking in at 2 minutes, 33.75 seconds and marking the fastest indoors 1,000 metres by any North American woman in history and ninth fastest in world history.

Maggie Mac Neil


The swimmer became Canada’s most decorated athlete in Pan Am history after winning five gold medals and seven total at the Games, and was subsequently named the best female athlete at the 2023 Panam Sports Awards.

Jane Roos

A former track athlete herself, after experiencing a devastating accident that ended her career, she turned her focus onto helping future Canadian athletes with the Canadian Athletes Now (CAN) Fund. The organisation, which provides funds for elite athletes representing Canada on the world stage, has raised over $40 million for Canadian athletes since 2003 and has financially supported some of our top athletes.

For Toronto’s most inspiring women in film in TV of 2023, click here. 

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