National Teams

Para-Swimming Team

Jean-Michel Lavallière

  • Age 32
  • 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

Jean-Michel’s Personal Bests

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50m Freestyle50mXXI Commonwealth Games
100m Freestyle25mInvitation provinciale Neptune CSPO (12 ans et moins et 13 ans et plus)
200m Freestyle50mInvitation provinciale Centre sportif du Parc Olympique
100m Medley25mInvitation provinciale Neptune 12 ans et moins 13 ans et plus Centre sportif du Parc Olympique
50m Butterfly25mChamp. provincial Aquam Paranatation Hiver
200m Backstroke25mInvitation Dev-A-AA-AAA avec finales CS Parc Olympique
50m Backstroke25mInvitation UdeMontreal A-AA-AAA
400m Freestyle25mChallenge Halloween CNQ
100m Backstroke50mParapan American Games
400m Freestyle50mParapan American Games
200m Medley50mIPC Swimming World Championships
100m Freestyle50mIPC Swimming World Championships
400m Medley25mSection 2 - Festival par equipe
100m Backstroke25mParanatation AQUAM - Championnat provincial (Hiver)
50m Freestyle25mChampionnat provincial Universitaire
200m Freestyle25mCoupe universitaire 4
100m Butterfly50mCan AM Para-swimming Championships
100m Butterfly25mDuel Universite de Montreal vs University of Toronto
200m Medley25mDuel Universite de Montreal vs University of Toronto
100m Breaststroke25mCoupe universitaire 4
200m Butterfly50mCan Am Championships
200m Butterfly25mCoupe universitaire 1
50m Butterfly50mIPC World Championships1
1500m Freestyle25mFestival provincial par equipe - Section 2
800m Freestyle25mFestival provincial par equipe - Section 2SPLIT
50m Freestyle Laps50mFestival provincial par equipe - Section 2RELAY
50m Breaststroke50mU.S. Paralympics Spring CanAm
50m Breaststroke25mDefi UL
100m Breaststroke50mSpeedo CAN AM Para-Swimming Championships
50m Backstroke50mCan-Am Open Championships
200m Breaststroke25mCoupe d'automne (P1-P2)
25m Freestyle25mChallenge ARLPHL
200m Backstroke50mSpeedo Para-Swimming
200m Breaststroke50mInter-provinciale PI-PII NAUH
50m Freestyle Laps25mDefi sportif - Camp nationalRELAY