Swimmer doing freestyleTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Katrina Bellio


Katrina Bellio beat her personal best in the women’s 1500m freestyle by five seconds at the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials to go under the qualifying time and earn her ticket to Tokyo 2020 where the event made its Olympic debut. In her first Olympic appearance, she dropped her personal best in the 1500m freestyle by another five seconds.

In 2022, Bellio made her debut at the World Aquatics Championships where she competed in both pool and open water events. She then competed at the Commonwealth Games where she was a finalist in the 200m and 800m freestyle events. In the fall of 2022, she began her collegiate career at UCLA.

Bellio had previously represented Canada at the 2019 World Aquatics Junior Championships where she won a bronze medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay. She was also a finalist in the 200m freestyle. 

A Little More About Katrina

Getting into the Sport: Started swimming competitively at age 7… Outside Interests: Enjoys reading, sketching, painting… Completed freshman year at UCLA in 2022-23 where she plans to major in human biology with an eye towards a career in sports nutrition… Odds and Ends: Inspired by Canadian Olympic medallist Brittany MacLean because of her work ethic and dedication to the sport… Favourite motto: “Do today what others won’t, so tomorrow you can do what they can’t”… Like to trade caps with her international competitors…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
Tokyo 2020Swimming1500m Freestyle - Women21

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2020 – 21st (1500m freestyle)

Commonwealth Games: 2022 – 5th (800m freestyle), 7th (200m freestyle), 9th (400m freestyle)

World Aquatics Championships: 2022 – 17th (800m freestyle), 19th (1500m freestyle), 34th (10km open water), 11th (mixed open water relay)  

World Aquatics Junior Championships: 2019 – BRONZE (4x200m freestyle relay), 8th (200m freestyle), 14th (400m IM), 14th (400m freestyle), 14th (1500m freestyle), 15th (800m freestyle)