Valérie Grand'Maison

When the Paralympic Games get underway in London, Valérie Grand’Maison expects to be fully recovered from a shoulder injury which hampered her 2011 season. She showed she is on track for a top performance at the Games with victories in the 200 IM, 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle at the Canadian Paralympic swimming trials in 2012.

Despite the injury, Grand’Maison still enjoyed a solid 2011 season highlighted by a five-medal performance at the Para Pan Pacific Championships in Montreal.

Her career highlight was at the 2008 Paralympic Games, where she broke world records in the 100 and 400m freestyle events and also claimed gold in the 100m butterfly. Grand’Maison was the bronze medalist in an all-Canadian podium finish in the 200m IM.

Grand’Maison’s parents, François and Lucie, introduced her and older brother Philipe to swimming when she was seven. Her father, Dr. Francois Grand’Maison, is a neurologist and director of the Clinique de SP (MS) Neuro Rive-Sud.

She started to progressively lose her eyesight at age 15. However she persevered through swimming and through school and completed a double major in psychology and history at McGill University this past December.

She currently holds five world records: the 100, 200, 400 and 800 freestyles and the 400 IM.

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2012 London ParalympicsSwimming200m Individual Medley - Womengold
2008 Beijing ParalympicsSwimming100m Freestyle - Womengold
2008 Beijing ParalympicsSwimming400m Freestyle - Womengold
2008 Beijing ParalympicsSwimming100m Butterfly - Womengold
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming100m Freestyle - Womengold
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming400m Freestyle - Womengold
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming100m Butterfly - Womengold
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming200m Individual Medley - Womengold
2012 London ParalympicsSwimming50m Freestyle - Womensilver
2012 London ParalympicsSwimming100m Freestyle - Womensilver
2008 Beijing ParalympicsSwimming50m Freestyle - Womensilver
2008 Beijing ParalympicsSwimming100m Backstroke - Womensilver
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming100m Breaststroke - Womensilver
2008 Beijing ParalympicsSwimming200m Individual Medley - Womenbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 2
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 2
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Breaststroke - Women 6
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Women 1
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 1
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 400m Freestyle - Women 1
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 2
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 100m Butterfly - Women 1
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Women 3
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 2
Games Sport Event Result
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 400m Freestyle - Women 1
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 5
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 100m Breaststroke - Women 2
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 100m Butterfly - Women 1
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Women 1
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Women 1
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 1