National Teams

Para-Swimming Team

Jean-Michel Lavallière

  • Age 33
  • Height 173 cm / 5 ftin
  • Club CHP-Québec
  • Coach Mike Thompson
  • Hometown Québec, QC
  • Residence Montreal, QC.
  • Event 50 FR, 100 FR, 400 FR, 100 BK, 50 FL, 200 IM

National Team Highlights

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games6
Pasadena 2014 Pan Pacific Para Championships21

Jean-Michel’s Bio

  • At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Lavallière swam in three events. His best finish was 10th in both the 50-m freestyle and the 50-m butterfly. He finished 12th in the 100-m freestyle.
  • He contributed to a Canadian record in the 34pts 4×100-m medley relay, which finished 7th.
  • At the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Lavallière finished fourth and set a new Canadian record in the S7 50-m freestyle.
  • Won four individual and two relay silver medals at the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games. Was second in the 50-m freestyle, 200-m IM, 100-m freestyle, 50-m butterfly, 4×100-m 34 pt freestyle relay and 4×100 34 pt medley relay. He set a Canadian record in the 100-m backstroke.
  • Swam four individual events and two relays at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. He finished  6th in the 200-m IM.
  • At the 2015 Speedo Can Am Para-swimming Championships Lavalliere reached the podium four times.
  • He won gold in the 100-metre and 400-m freestyle plus was second in the 50-m free and 200-m individual medley.
  • Lavallière enjoyed his biggest international success in 2014 with a triple medal performance at the Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships. Lavallière earned silver medals in the 50-m freestyle and 100-m freestyle and bronze in the 50-m butterfly.
  • At the 2014 Can Am Championships, Lavallière lowered Canadian records in the 50-m butterfly, 100-m butterfly, 50-m breaststroke and the 200-m individual medley.
  • At the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal, he knocked at the podium door in two events, finishing fourth in the 200-m individual medley in Canadian record time and fifth in the 50-m butterfly. His time in the 50-m fly was both a Canadian and Pan American record.
  • In 2011, he won a bronze medal at the Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships in the 50-m freestyle.
  • In 2010, he competed at the IPC World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and was Canada’s flag bearer in the opening ceremonies.
  • In 2009, Lavallière made his international debut at the IPC short course world championships in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Also in 2009 at the Canada Games Lavallière won a gold and four silver medals for Team Quebec.
  • Sports management student at Universite Laval.
Quick Facts
  • Instagram: @jmlavalliere
  • Pre-race ritual: Always wipes his block at least three times before a race
  • Favourite thing to do away from pool: Spend time with friends who aren’t swimmers

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