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Valerie Drapeau



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
S5, SB5, SM5

Further personal information

Partner Roberto Cerritos
Longueuil, QC, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at an early age, but did not pursue the sport seriously until age 18.
Why this sport?
Her father Andre said she initially took up swimming because it was a sport that was accessible for her level of impairment, and that once she started competing it had a strong impact on her autonomy and social skills. "I love swimming because I feel so light in the water. I don't need to use a wheelchair in the water. It helps keep me in shape."
Club / Team
Neptune Natation: Canada

General interest

Hero / Idol
Her grandfather. (, 01 Aug 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Her pre-race meal is pasta. (, 01 Aug 2015)
She has ataxia, a neurological impairment affecting the nervous system. (, Aug 2015)


Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2012-09-01 7
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Heat 2 2012-09-05 6
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Heat 2 2013-08-16 7
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Final 1 2013-08-16 6