Swimmer of the Month
If swimming is your passion, we want to know about it!
At All Tides, we all swim on the same team. Which is why we want to promote swimmers from one end of the spectrum to the other, and celebrate the whole aquatic community. Any fervent swimmer is a potential All Tides Swimmer of the Month. The fact is, the aquatic community extends from beginners to Olympians, including, of course, countless lifeguards and coaches. If you fit somewhere in that range (and you do!), you can enter to become our Swimmer of the Month. So jump in—we're headed for adventure!
November 2018 - Alisson Gobeil
Alisson is a young woman who is battling with a degenerative disorder called autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay. She has been pushing the boundaries defined for her by medicine from a very young age. Alisson has been swimming ever since she was just a little girl. At first, she struggled with the cold water of the pool—muscle atrophy hindered her from retaining body heat, so she would spend as much time in the hot shower as in the pool. It took several years for her to get to the point of being able to swim unassisted.
Since then, Alisson has qualified as a para-swimmer with the Alma JUVAQUA swim team. She participates in meets and has become the first female para-swimmer with Ataxia in the province of Quebec to pursue the sport school program in swimming. Alisson shone at the 2018 Quebec Games in Thetford Mines, where she set four new provincial records in Category S6 para-swimming and earned three medals for her region. What Alisson would like more than anything else is to swim on the provincial—and even national—circuit, if her results allow her to qualify.
October 2018 - Mélanie Fabes
I’m a competitive Masters swimmer, and I swim for the North Toronto Masters. I swam competitively from the ages of seven to seventeen for DDO, then for Pointe Claire. After a ten-year hiatus, I came back and rediscovered my love of the sport. I love competing provincially, nationally, and globally.I swim for fun, fitness, and friendship. Masters Swimming is fun. It’s inclusive. It’s as competitive as I want it to be. I feel very strongly about including all levels of swimmers in Masters swimming, and I enjoy being able to help others. Because of my involvement in swimming from a young age, and having swum Masters in both Montreal and Toronto, I have a large network of swimming friends and feel that I’m integrated in the Masters swimming community.
September 2018 - Andréa Séguin
I discovered my sport at the age of twelve, in 1982. My parents had signed me up in a little swim club, and three years later, when the club shut down, I went to CAMO. That’s really where it all started for me. Very quickly, I moved up to the Senior level, and I was able to be a finalist at the Canadian Championships. As well, I’ve made several trips, and competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympic trials, all enriching experiences that shaped my teenage years.I swim currently with the Masters at CAMO, as captain of the team, and, just as in my “younger years,” my specialty is still sprinting, particularly the 50 m and 100 m free (number one in Canada in my age group for the last eight years, and among the top 10 in the world), and the 50 m butterfly. As a masters swimmer, I’ve had the pleasure of participating in the World Championships both in Montreal and in Budapest, the Pan Am Games in Florida, as well as travelling all over Canada. Also, it’s been a huge privilege for me to be sponsored by Aquasphere Canada as the ambassador for the MP line, something that I am immensely proud of. I can truly say that the water is my element, and swimming will always be an integral part of my life.
I’ve always been comfortable around water. In fact, my first swim meets, around the age of seven, confirmed what I thought—I loved the water! Without making any waves (ha ha!), already in my early years with the swimming club in Sherbrooke, I started specializing in long distances: 400 m, 1500 m, 2 km, and 5 km in the pool—it was never enough for me. That’s when my coach introduced me to open water Now, I could swim forever! (Almost...) At that point, I started dreaming of winning the famous lake crossings of Lake Memphrémagog and Lac Saint Jean, thirty-two- and thirty-four-kilometre distances!By training very hard, and having fun in the water, I eventually succeeded in becoming the first 20-year-old Canadian to win the legendary Lac Saint Jean crossing. I managed to do the same thing again the following year! After more than ten years in the international World Cup circuit, in the 10 km as well as longer distances, I will be bowing out at the end of 2018, with a feeling of accomplishment. You can expect to see me hanging around a pool or a lake, in the future, for sure!
July 2018 - Nicolas Masse-Savard
I started swimming when I was eight years old. At that time, my one and only goal was to beat my big sister. I had to wait until I was twelve, however, before that finally happened in a 2 km open water race. So, although I got off to a rather slow start in my swimming career, my perseverance has enabled me to make stable and constant progress, and at the age of twenty-three, it still hasn’t stopped! Sometime around 2011, I started to seriously specialize in open water racing, i.e., long distances in lakes, oceans, rivers, etc.This sport, which is very distinct from swimming in a pool, is interesting because the swimmer has to deal with multiple factors that complicate the race. Open water swimming has also given me the opportunity to swim in some of the most beautiful bodies of water in the world, something that almost no other sport can boast of!
JUNE 2018 - Katerine Savard
I started swimming when I was about 10 years old, because my mother was afraid of the water, and she wanted to make sure I knew how to swim. Several years went by before I developed any kind of talent; however, as soon as I started to improve, I really took off. Around sixteen, I joined my first team—the senior national team. So in reality, I skipped several levels. I was never part of a development or junior team, even if my age corresponded to that level.
I’ve been representing Canada on the international stage for the last nine years. During this time, I’ve participated in two Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal in Rio, as well as one gold and one silver medal at the World Championships in 2016. I’ve also won several other medals, including gold at the Commonwealth Games, the Pan American Games and the World University Games.
MAY 2018 - Claude Latulippe
Water sports have been a part of my life from a very early age. I started swimming competitively when I was eleven years old.
Swimming is my passion. I literally fell in love with the atmosphere around pools during competitions, as well as with the good feeling that comes after training. My specialty is the sprint in short-distance crawl, but I do backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly during practice. My passion transformed into a career at Aquam, where I currently hold the position of Sales Director. I promised myself that I would pass along my deep affection for swimming to my children, so that they too, might learn to love this incredible sport.