National Teams

Para-Swimming Team

Sarah Mehain

  • Age 29
  • Height 165.5 cm / 5 ftin
  • Club McGill University
  • Coach Peter Carpenter
  • Hometown Vernon, BC
  • Residence Montreal, QC
  • Event 50 FR, 100 FR, 100 BR, 50 FL, 200 IM

National Team Highlights

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games3
Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games13
Pasadena 2014 Pan Pacific Para Championships1
London 2012 Paralympic Games4

Sarah’s Bio

  • At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Mehain competed in five events, making the finals in three of them.
  • Mehain made the finals in the 50-m butterfly (4th), 200-m individual medley (5th) and 50-m freestyle (7th). She also competed in the 100-m breaststroke (10th) and the 100-m backstroke (11th).
  • At the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mehain took silver in the S7 50-m butterfly.
  • Her best result at the 2016 Olympic & Para-swimming Trials was a second in the multi-class 50-m butterfly, with a time that ranked sixth in the world in the S7 class to qualify for her second Paralympic Games.
  • Mehain won four medals at the Parapan Am Games:  gold in the 50-m butterfly, and silver in the 50-m freestyle, 100-m freestyle, and 100-m backstroke.
  • She won bronze medals in the 50-m butterfly at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.  She also finished 4th in the 200-m IM and 5th in 100-m breaststroke, 100-m backstroke and 50-m freestyle.
  • At the 2015 Speedo Can Am Para-swimming Championships Mehain reached the podium in five events. She was second in the 50-metre butterfly and 100-m backstroke and third in the 200-m individual medley, 50-m and 100-m freestyle.
  • Mehain continued her progress on the international stage in 2014 as a member of Team Canada at the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif. She won a bronze medal in the 100-m breaststroke and was fourth in the 50-m freestyle, 50-m butterfly, 200-m individual medley and 100-m backstroke.
  • Mehain was Canada’s busiest swimmer at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal, competing in six individual events. The highlight was a bronze medal, her first major international podium finish,in the 100-m backstroke. She set four personal bests including a Canadian record in the 100-m breaststroke.
  • Mehain enjoyed a successful first Paralympic Games in London in 2012. She reached the final in four of her six events placing sixth in the 50-m butterfly and seventh in the 50-m freestyle, 100-m breaststroke and 200-m individual medley.
  • Mehain has cerebral palsy and is hemiplegic. It has left one side of her body weaker than the other, and not as coordinated.
  • Studying sustainability sciences at McGill University.
  • Instagram: @smee95
  • Favourite book: Pride and Prejudice
  • Favourite TV program: How to Get Away with Murder
  • Favourite type of Music: Indie
  • Favourite song behind the blocks: 300 Violin Orchestra by Jorge Quintero.
  • Guilty pleasure: Chocolate

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