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Philippe Vachon

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8

Further personal information

Residence
Blainville, QC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
French
Higher education
Psychology - University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres [UQTR]: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming competitively in 2010.
Why this sport?
His physical education teacher Jean-Sebastien Prevost discovered his talent and encouraged him to take up the sport. "He's the one who gave birth to my passion for swimming. After three swimming sessions, he approached me to tell me that I had potential in the water. Before I had my illness, I did a lot of sports, including judo, which I just started practising at that time. As the disease made my legs too fragile, judo was no longer an option, so I transferred to swimming. I also like the social aspect of the sport, because every day we see the same people with whom we share the joys and sorrows, whether in competitions or training. They become a second family."
Club / Team
Megophias Swimming Club: Trois-Rivières, QC, CAN
Name of coach
Charles Labrie [club]

General interest

Nicknames
Phil (neptunenatation.com, 24 Mar 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the SM8 200m individual medley at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (lhebdojournal.com, 09 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There is no rest for the brave." (lhebdojournal.com, 09 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was named Best Para Swimmer by the Quebec Swimming Federation in Canada. (fnq.qc.ca, 10 Oct 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (lenouvelliste.ca, 23 Apr 2022)
Impairment
He has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. The inherited condition affects his peripheral nervous system. (lhebdojournal.com, 09 Jul 2019; paralympic.ca, 01 Jan 2014)