Quick facts

Birthdate

September 3, 1995

Birthplace

Laval, Que.

Residence

Trois-Rivieres, Que.

Sport

Para Swimming

Classification

S8

Experience

Paris 2024

Philippe Vachon was nominated to his first Paralympic Games team following the 2024 Paralympic team trials held in Toronto. He announced on his Facebook page after trials that he’ll retire from the sport after the Paris Games.

At the 2023 Para Swimming World Championships in Manchester, Vachon contributed to a Canadian record in the 4×100-metre mixed medley relay and was also a part of the seventh-place mixed 4×100-metre freestyle relay. In his individual event, he was fourth in the 400-metre freestyle.

A year earlier at the worlds, Vachon placed fifth in both the 400-m freestyle S8 and the 100-m butterfly S8.

In 2018, he competed at the Commonwealth Games, He won bronze and set a Canadian record in the SM8 200-m individual medley. Vachon also finished eighth in SB8 100-m breaststroke in a personal best time.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2023, 2022 World Championships…  2018 Commonwealth Games…

PERSONAL

At age 13 he began developing Charcot Marie Tooth disease, which is a neurological disability that affects his nerves, especially in his extremities… Student at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières…. Vachon and his girlfriend are expecting their first child in November 2024… Started Para swimming in 2010…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2023 World Championships 400m freestyle 4th

2023 World Championships 4×100m mixed medley relay 7th

2023 World Championships 4×100 mixed freestyle relay 7th

2018 Commonwealth Games 200m individual medley 3rd

2018 Commonwealth Games 100m breaststroke 8th