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Camille Berube

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Family
Partner Andrea
Residence
Gatineau, QC, CAN
Occupation
Advisor, Athlete
Languages
English, French, German, Spanish
Higher education
Communications, Womens Studies - University of Ottawa: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age five, when her parents signed her up for lessons.
Why this sport?
She grew up in an area where there were a lot of lakes so her parents wanted her to learn how to swim. "I loved being in the water. I think it appealed to me so much because I didn't need any of my assistive devices in the pool. It was a feeling of freedom."
Club / Team
Natation Gatineau: Canada
Name of coach
Craig McCord [club]

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Canada

General interest

Hobbies
Cross-country skiing, handcycling, rock climbing, making natural cosmetics. (fasken.com, 24 Jun 2021; cbc.ca, 18 Mar 2020; swimming.ca, 09 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Craig McCord. (ottawasportspages.ca, 17 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Throw me to the wolves, I'll come back leading the pack." (athletescan.com, 01 Jan 2017)
Famous relatives
Her sister Noemie has competed in cross-country skiing and won medals at the Canadian junior championships. (xcottawa.ca, 21 Jan 2013; Swimming Canada, 26 Aug 2010)
Impairment
She has limited use of both legs after cancer [neuroblastoma] was detected after she was born. A tumour was removed from her lower back, which resulted in partial paralysis. "At first, the doctors said that I had no more than a 30% chance of survival, that I would not be able to walk or sit and maybe even have intellectual damage. I was more at risk of having heart problems, another childhood cancer and greater aggravations later on. None of this was true and the specialists never cease to be amazed. We think that swimming may or may not have helped avoid more complications or at least delay them. I like to think that sport has, in a certain way, saved my life." (uottawa.ca, 07 Sep 2016; ottawacitizen.com, 28 Jul 2015)
Other information
VISUALISING THE WATER
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced her training facilities to close, she would meditate and visualise being in the water. "Swimming is such a unique sport. It's about the feeling of the water. You almost become one with the water. When you get back to the pool you feel awkward. It's just a feeling you can't get anywhere else. I visualise the first 50 metres of my backstroke. I'll sit there and ground myself in the moment. I use peppermint essential oil. I'll close my eyes. I'm not watching myself swimming. I'm embodying the experience. I'm in the water. I'm trying to feel the water." (cbc.ca, 18 Mar 2020; ici.radiocanada.ca, 30 Aug 2020)

BREAK
She decided to take a break from competing to focus on finishing her studies at the University of Ottawa in 2017/18. She has spoken about also struggling with her mental health in 2018, which led her to stop swimming altogether at one point. "I questioned a lot, even my desire to swim. The moment I would head to the pool, I would have a panic attack. I felt like I couldn't breathe in the water. I took time off. When I got that [swimming] feel back, I did the backstroke because my head would be out of the water. It was a very gradual comeback. It was one of the hardest years of my life. But I have grown as a person. I talk openly about it. High-performance sport is great, but my mental health is much more important." (ottawasportspages.ca, 17 Aug 2021; ici.radio-canada.ca, 17 Jul 2018)

OCCUPATION
She began working for the Canadian Paralympic Committee in strategic initiatives in 2018. She has also worked as a senior advisor at Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Facebook profile, 20 Dec 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Oct 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has been a board member of the Canadian athletes' association AthletesCAN. (athletescan.ca, 23 Oct 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 2 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final Round 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 2 6
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 6
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 3
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 5
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 2 2012-08-30 8
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2012-08-31 5
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 2 2012-09-04 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2012-09-05 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2012-09-06 5
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final 1 2013-08-13 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2013-08-13 7
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2013-08-14 7
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2013-08-17 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final 1 2013-08-18 8
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2013-08-18 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 1 2016-09-10 5