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Jean-Michel Lavalliere

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
S7, SB7, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Montreal, QC, CAN
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Sport Management - Laval University: Quebec, QC, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 12 at a rehabilitation centre in Quebec City, QC, Canada.
Why this sport?
His rehabilitation centre started a new programme involving pool exercises, so he joined in.

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Short Course Championships
Location
Rio de Janeiro, BRA

General interest

Nicknames
JM (paralympic.ca, 23 Mar 2015)
Hobbies
Spending time with friends. (swimming.ca, Sep 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always wipes his starting block at least three times before a race. (swimming.ca, Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
He was Canada's flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (swimming.ca, Sep 2016)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy which affects the left side of his body. (globalnews.ca, 12 Aug 2015; natation.ca 19 Jul 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In 2018 he announced his retirement from the sport, after competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. "I ticked several boxes of my goals, including taking part in major multi-sport events. Whether it was at the Rio Paralympics in which I had the chance to compete in the last event of the Games in front of 15,000 fans, the Parapan Am Games in front of a hometown crowd in Toronto or the Commonwealth Games. Practising my sport allowed me to better know my body, to master it, and to enjoy all that life brought me." After retiring from sport he planned to complete his university studies in kinesiology and start a professional career in the sports industry. (paralympic.ca, 14 Sep 2018)

OTHER EDUCATION
He studied at University of Montreal, QC, Canada. (sportsquebec.com, 28 Oct 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 5
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 1 2013-08-13 10
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 7
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 2 2013-08-17 5
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2013-08-17 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final 1 2013-08-18 4
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2015-07-13 10
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 1 2015-07-16 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final 1 2015-07-16 6
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2015-07-17 8
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-17 6
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2015-07-17 8
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2015-07-18 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2015-07-18 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2015-07-19 11
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2016-09-09 5
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 2 2016-09-12 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2016-09-16 6
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-17 7