McGill’s own Valerie Grand’Maison took home two swimming silver medals this week at the Paralympic Games in London. Her first came on Sunday in the 50-metre freestyle. On Monday, she was looking to improve on her second place performance in Beijing 2008 in the 100-metre freestyle, but fell short—missing out on the gold by .51 seconds. Four years ago, Grand’Maison was Canada’s most decorated Paralympic swimmer, winning three gold medals, two silver, and one bronze. Just making it to London should be seen as a success for the McGill swimmer, as she dealt with a shoulder tear only a year and a half ago.
Grand’Maison is McGill’s only Paralympic athlete, joining 14 Olympians who competed earlier this summer in London. She is accompanied by Martlet swimming Head Coach Peter Carpenter, and will compete in two more events before returning back to Canada.
— Adam Sadisnky