Katelyn Fung is in her third year at the Toronto Diving Academy under coach Gilles Emptoz-Lacote. She attends École secondaire Père-Philippe-Lamarche in Toronto. Fung is originally from London, Ont., where she developed her diving skills at the Forest City Diving Club.
The on and off training in 2020 and into 2021 has been impactful Fung says. Every time there is pool closure, the divers must restart the process of preparation for diving off the boards. Fung says it is important to proceed with caution to avoid injuries.
However, she has kept her motivation for many reasons. First, she just enjoys the sport. She also wants to be on the 2024 Olympic team and she is capitalizing on the opportunity to recover properly from two small stress fractures in her lower back which has bothered her for the past three seasons.
Fung, a third generation Canadian whose grandparents came over from Hong Kong, started diving in 2012 at age eight. She discovered the sport at a March Break camp when a friend suggested she try diving. She was hooked on the sport immediately and discovered she preferred landing in the water than on the ground. Fung was also a gymnast for 10 years.
The highlight of her competitive career so far is the 2019 Junior Pan Ams which were held in Santiago, Chile. It was her first appearance at the event and she was the only Canadian to compete in four events, she won a medal in each one: gold on platform synchro, silver on one-metre and bronze on platform and three-metre.
Her younger sister Alexa is also a nationally-ranked diver. Katelyn Fung was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan where her father was finishing his residency at the University of Michigan.