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January 12, 1997


Québec City, Québec


Québec City, Québec


Para Swimming




Paris 2024

Rio 2016

Tokyo 2020

Toronto 2015

Nicolas-Guy Turbide reached the pinnacle of his sport at the 2022 World Para swimming championships with gold in the 100-metre backstroke.

In the summer of 2023, he battled injury to earn a bronze in the 50 back, the third straight worlds he has reached the podium.  Turbide has competed in two Paralympic Games highlighted by a silver in the 100 back at Tokyo 2020 and bronze at Rio 2016 in the same event.

He was nominated to a third Games at the Paralympic team trials in Toronto in May 2024.

At the London 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, Turbide claimed his first medal in his third career appearance at worlds, silver in the 100m backstroke S13. He also set Canadian and Americas records in the 200m individual medley SM13, finishing fifth and set a national record in the 50m freestyle S13, placing seventh. Thanks to his performance in the 100 back, he was nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Committee to represent the country at Tokyo 2020, which will be his second Paralympic Games.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Turbide earned his first Paralympic medal, a bronze in the 100-m backstroke. He also finished eighth in the 50-m freestyle. Both results were earned in Canadian record time.

The visually impaired Turbide, who swims in the S13 category, travelled to his second career Parapan American Games and IPC World Championships in 2015. He produced a breakout performance at the Toronto Parapan Am Games with six medals and an Americas record. He won gold in the 100-m backstroke (setting new Canadian and Americas records), 200-m IM and 100-m butterfly. He also took silver in the 50-m, 100-m and 400-m freestyle.

In Glasgow, Scotland at the 2015 IPC world championships, Turbide swam six events, with the highlight a fifth place in the 100-m backstroke.


2016, 2020 Paralympic Games… 2011, 2015 Parapan Am Games … 2013, 2015, 2019 IPC World Championships … Turbide was named Swimming Canada’s Male Para swimmer of the Year for 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022… As of January 2024, he holds Canadian records in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 50 and 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley in the men’s S13 category.


His father Danny is a professional golfer and his mother Danielle Fréchette is a pharmacist, a career he would like to pursue later in life…Credits coach Claude Lamy at CSQ in Cap-Rouge for giving him the passion for swimming.


2023 World Championships 50m backstroke 3rd
2022 World Championships 100m backstroke 1st
2021 Paralympic Games 100m backstroke 2nd
2021 Paralympic Games 50m freestyle 8th
2019 IPC World Championships 100m backstroke 2nd
2016 Paralympic Games 100m backstroke 3rd
2015 Parapan American Games 100m backstroke 1st
2015 Parapan American Games 200m IM 1st
2015 Parapan American Games 100m butterfly 1st
2015 Parapan American Games 50m freestyle 2nd
2015 Parapan American Games 100m freestyle 2nd
2015 Parapan American Games 400m freestyle 2nd
2015 IPC World Championships 100m butterfly 5th
2011 Parapan American Games 50m free 6th
2011 Parapan American Games 100m free 6th

Paralympic Medals