Name: Nicolas Guy Turbide
Multiple CAN Fund Recipient
Hometown: Quebec City, QC
Sport: Para Swimming
On the National Team Since (Year): 2011
Best Result: 2016 Paralympic Bronze Medalist
When was the moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada?
My dream to reach the Paralympics started at the London 2012 Swimming Trials. A few of my local club teammates qualified for both the Olympics and Paralympics that year, and seeing them compete at the world’s biggest sporting event helped me set my goal to reach the Games one day.
What is the biggest hurdle you have overcome to get to where you are today?
Overcoming my fear of water. I always felt uncomfortable in the pool as a kid, but my desire to compete was always stronger that my fear. Over the years, that uncomfortable environment slowly turned into a place where anything was possible.
How many hours do you workout/train/compete on average each day and how many days per week? On average, 4 to 5 hours a day. We train both in the pool and gym 6 or 7 days per week depending on our competition schedule.
If you could be a professional athlete in a different sport, what sport would it be? Golf. I would love to help the Blind Golf movement grow.
What are your hobbies? Playing guitar, cooking, studying