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Nicolas Guy Turbide



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
S13, SB13, SM13

Further personal information

Quebec, QC, CAN
Athlete, Student
English, French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six, and took up the sport competitively at age 11.
Why this sport?
He first pursued competitive swimming through his school, having previously played golf with his father. "When I was around five years old, I really wanted to be involved with golf like my parents. But I started swimming pretty much as a safety measure, and I completely hated it. I think that with my impairment where I couldn't see the bottom of the pool, the lake or the ocean, I was really afraid of what I couldn't see at the time. Around nine or 10, I got reintroduced to the sport. As a complement for golf, I started competitive swimming. That's when I realised I was more interested in beating the person next to me than I was afraid of the pool itself."
Club / Team
Club de Natation Region de Quebec [CNQ]: Canada
Name of coach
Marc-Andre Pelletier [club], CAN

General interest

Playing guitar, golf, listening to music. (, 06 Jul 2019; Facebook page, 10 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four medals at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Cairns, QLD, Australia. (, 12 Jan 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Claude Lamy. (, Sep 2016)
He sustained a left shoulder injury in early 2018. (, 31 Jul 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Male Para Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Canada in 2016, 2018 and co-winner in 2019. (, 15 Dec 2019, 30 Sep 2016;, 20 Dec 2018)
Famous relatives
His father Danny was a professional golfer. (, 01 Sep 2016)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Outside of sport he would like to pursue a career in pharmacy, like his mother who is a pharmacist. (, Sep 2016; Facebook page, 08 Apr 2019;, 20 Dec 2018)
He was born with oculocutaneous albinism, a condition resulting in visual impairment and the absence of pigment in the skin. "I'm not blind, but my eyes are like a camera that does not have a zoom. It's a long time before I can focus on something, it's hard for me to recognise someone by his features and if I read, I have to be very close to my book or screen." (Facebook page, 08 Apr 2019;, 11 Jan 2019;, 2012)
Other information
Due to his impairment, he says he had to work out an alternate way of knowing if he had made the podium at the end of the S13 100m backstroke final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, in which he won bronze. "Just touching the wall with my vision impairment, I can't see the board, I didn't know my time, I didn't know my position, I didn't know how it went at all. So I had to find a solution. Swimming in Rio, there were a couple of lights by the starting blocks and when I touched the wall I realised that I could probably figure out if I managed to get on the podium just with the lights. And at that moment, all the pressure that I decided to put on myself just collapsed all at once. And I was so overwhelmed with joy and emotion. Just the satisfaction, and having my family in the stands as well was just amazing. All of those combined made for an amazing experience." (, 22 Jul 2020)

He says the shoulder injury he sustained in 2018 forced him to adapt his training and swimming technique, which has ultimately made him a better swimmer. "I didn't really take care of myself before [the injury]. I should have listened to my body a little better. But sometimes we can take a negative experience and turn it into a positive one. In a way, I think that I have become a better backstroke swimmer since I began swimming again after the injury. I'm swimming in a way that would never have happened had I not been injured. It's given me a different perspective on my style and what I do in the water." (, 31 Jul 2018)

He has studied for a degree in financial planning at Laval University in Quebec City, QC, Canada. (, 24 Feb 2021; Instagram profile, 29 Jul 2020)


Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final 1 2013-08-14 7
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2013-08-16 8
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2013-08-16 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final 1 2013-08-17 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 2 2013-08-17 5
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2015-07-13 13
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 2015-07-14 12
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final 1 2015-07-15 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2015-07-16 10
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2015-07-18 15
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 2 2015-07-19 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2016-09-14 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2016-09-14 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 2016-09-17 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 2 2016-09-17 2