McKay started diving when she was six years old after attending an intro to diving summer camp hosted by the Dive Calgary club. However, her passion for sport was born when she was five, while watching Olympic medalists cry on the podium at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She told her parents: “I want to go there, I want to go to the Olympics!”
Caeli McKay’s first podium at the senior level on the national stage came at the 2014 Winter Nationals when she was 14 years old – behind her idols Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion. Since then, the Calgary native moved to Montreal to train full time alongside Benfeito. Together, they won a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held and a bronze medal at the 2018 FINA World Cup. McKay is also a 2018 World Cup medalist in the mixed 10m synchronized event alongside Vincent Riendeau.
She really progressed during the 2019 season, breaking all her personal best scores and making her individual debuts at the FINA World Championships, where she cracked the top-8 and qualified for the prestigious 2020 FINA Diving World Series.
In her spare time, the mountain girl loves to take part in outdoor sports like mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, fly fishing… and any activity where she can get dirty!
2 World Cup medals
2 Pan Am Games medals
1 Commonwealth Games medals
2019 Pan Am Games
2019 Summer Senior Nationals
Women’s 10m synchro (Benfeito)
2019 FINA World Series – Montreal