Former Australian world silver medal-winning swimmer Kenneth To has died aged 26 after becoming ill during training in Florida.
To was in Florida for a three-month training camp with the Gator Swim Club at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The cause of death was not immediately clear. He practised individual medley, freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke and was the holder of 16 Hong Kong national swimming records. To was born in Hong Kong, but his family moved to Australia.To transferred his nationality to Hong Kong in 2016. He started swimming at the age of 5. He began to shine at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, where he earned six medals.
This year, To had set a priority: the qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. In a statement, the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association described the 26-year-old as an exceptional person who was well-loved by his teammates and competitors, and said his sudden passing is a huge loss to local sports. Kenneth To was a reference and example for the youth. “Kenneth was known as a truly exceptional person, warm, funny and kind,” the Hong Kong Sports Institute said. „Everyone who ever met Kenneth will have fond memories of the time they spent with him and he will be mourned across the swimming community worldwide,” swimming NSW also remembered him.