National Teams

Para-Swimming Team

Philippe Vachon

  • Age 26
  • Height 178 cm / 5 ft 10 in
  • Coach Charles Labrie
  • Hometown Blainville, QC
  • Residence Trois-Rivières, QC

National Team Highlights

EventFinalist
Cairns 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships123
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games12
Copenhagen 2017 World Para Swimming World Series112

Philippe’s Bio

  • At the 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships, Vachon captured silver in the 400-m freestyle S8 and bronze in the 100-m backstroke S8 and the 100-m butterfly S8.
  • Philippe Vachon brought home bronze and set a Canadian record in the SM8 200-m individual medley at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Vachon also finished eighth in SB8 100-m breaststroke in a personal best time.
  • Vachon won a multi-class gold medal in the 100-m freestyle as well as in the 400-m freestyle at the 2022 Bell Canadian Swimming Trials. He earned bronze in the 200-m IM multi-class. His performances qualified him for both the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships and the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
  • Philippe Vachon won the men’s Para multi-class 100-m and 400-m freestyle. His performance qualified him for the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in Cairns.
  • Vachon broke the Canadian record in the 100-m butterfly at the 2017 Para-swimming Canadian Open.
  • At the 2017 Canadian Swimming Championships, Vachon finished fourth in the 100-m freestyle and backstroke. He also placed sixth in the 200-m individual medley.
  • At the 2017 Can Am Para-swimming Championships, Vachon had an impressive performance, capturing four gold medals in the 50-m, 100-m and 400-m freestyle as well as in the 100-m backstroke. He also added onto his medal count with a silver in the 100-m butterfly and a bronze in the 200-m medley.
  • At the World Para Swimming World Series in Denmark, Vachon placed first in the 200-m freestyle and third in the 100-m backstroke.
  • Growing up, Vachon also participated in other sports such as soccer, baseball and judo.
  • At age 13 he began developing Charcot Marie Tooth disease, which is a neurological disability that affects his nerves, especially in his extremities.
Quick Facts
  • Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/philippe.vachon.56
  • Favourite Movie: Lord of the Rings
  • Favourite Book: Chevalier d’Émeraude
  • Favourite Band: Skillet
  • Place to Visit: Hawaii
  • Favourite Website: Youtube
  • Music Behind the Blocks: Monster (by Skillet)

Philippe’s Personal Bests

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EventCourseTimeDateMeetStatusMasters
50m Breaststroke50mInvitation Megophias Mai
200m Freestyle50mCoupe du Quebec Senior 2 Hiver
100m Breaststroke25mInvitation decembre Pointe-Claire
200m Medley25mInvitation decembre Pointe-Claire
100m Freestyle25mInvitation decembre Pointe-Claire
400m Freestyle25mInvitation decembre Pointe-Claire
200m Freestyle25mFestival par equipe section 2
400m Medley25mFestival par equipe section 2
100m Butterfly Laps25mFestival par equipe section 2RELAY
100m Freestyle Laps25mFestival par equipe section 2RELAY
100m Medley25mCircuit Senior Etape 1
50m Freestyle Laps50mCoupe du Quebec (Senior et PARA) - EteRELAY1
100m Freestyle Laps50mCoupe du Quebec (Senior et PARA) - EteRELAY1
800m Freestyle50mL'International SAMAK
100m Breaststroke50mCanadian Swimming Trials
800m Freestyle25mInvitation Provinciale AA-AAA Pointe-Claire
50m Freestyle25mFestival provincial par equipe section 2
50m Butterfly25mFestival provincial par equipe section 2
100m Freestyle50mPan Pacific Para Championships
400m Freestyle50mPan Pacific Para Championships
200m Medley50mXXI Commonwealth Games
50m Freestyle Laps25m17e Invitation MegophiasRELAY
200m Butterfly25mFestival provincial par equipe section 2
50m Breaststroke25mFestival provincial par equipe section 2
100m Butterfly50mPara-Swimming Canadian Open
100m Backstroke50mCan Am Para Championships
50m Freestyle50mCan Am Para Championships
50m Backstroke50mCan Am Para-swimming Championships
100m Butterfly25mFestival par equipe section 2
50m Butterfly50mUS Paralympics Swimming 2015 Can-Am Open
200m Backstroke25mInvitation UdeMontreal A-AA-AAA
50m Butterfly Laps25mChampionnat Provincial Collegial - John-AbbottRELAY
1500m Freestyle25mFestival par equipe - Section 3
200m Freestyle Laps50mFestival par equipe - Section 3RELAY
100m Butterfly Laps50mFestival par equipe - Section 3RELAY
200m Backstroke50mU.S. Paralympics Spring CanAm
50m Backstroke25mChampionnat provincial de paranatation AQUAM
100m Backstroke25mChampionnat provincial de paranatation AQUAM
1500m Freestyle50mSpeedo CAN AM Para-Swimming Championships
25m Backstroke25m3eme Intraclub
25m Freestyle25m2e Intraclub