sWIMming TOwards YOUR DREAMS

Because the oceans are contribute to the Atlantica project

BIOGRAPHY

I was born in Cap-Rouge, a suburb of Quebec City.

Since I was very young, swimming has been a natural discipline for me. Swimming lessons were the key moment of the week. My mother took me there and it gave rise to privileged moments.

In high school, I was more than ever passionate about this sport which gave me a lot of happiness. It must be said that I was also good for athletics and my physical education teacher had noticed. Although he tried to convince me to choose athletics rather than swimming, my heart was at the pool … So I started intensive training at the Sport-Études school and I climbed the ladder quickly. Having observed me doing “on-time” at the gym and at the pool, my coach at the time, an insightful woman, found at home a real potential for long distance swimming. A few words from him were enough to register for a 10, a 25 and a 42 km swim. It was the beginning of my career …

 

THE SWIMMER HEIDI LEVASSEUR

BIOGRAPHY

At the age of 15, just two years after I entered the Sport-Étude school, I dive into a first feat: The crossing to Lake Memphremagog, 42 km, becoming the youngest person to brave this lake .

The following year, in 1996, I try to realize one of the most difficult swimming tests recognized in the world, the Lac St-Jean International Crossing, 40 km. It was a success; I finished in 4 position at the ladies, realizing once again a first, being the youngest to achieve the feat. It was during that summer, that I carved out a place on the Canadian team in World Cup over 25 km, standing in Lauzanne in Switzerland. As a team, we win the Bronze medal on a cumulative time.

In 1999, a series of unfortunate events forced me to give up swimming for a while. Passionate about science and the mysteries of the human being, my taste for learning and knowing transports me to the world of holistic sciences, biochemistry and psychology. Studies that will captivate me for almost a decade.

But this truce could not last. I missed swimming a lot.

One night, I was seized by an intense dream plunging me directly into virgin and unexplored waters. It was a call from my soul …

A call to change, a turning point. This dream clearly states that my vocation was not on earth, but in the water!

Without delay, I resume training at the beginning of 2009. I register for the descent of the Saguenay (42 km) and finished in the first female rank of this competition.

This success gave me wings and inspired me to think outside the box. To surpass myself more, to realize greater, to conquer the impossible in the waters of the world. That’s what appealed to me. From that moment, I understood that I would swim out of competitive settings.

Like the water of a river, my passion, swimming flowed in my veins. I was convinced that I could swim successively several marathons. In September 2009, I decided to swim down the St-Maurice River (165 km) and managed the feat brilliantly, in 5 days. This accomplishment led to several other expeditions …

That’s why, they call me now: “La Sirène du Québec” and my motto: “Swim to your dreams” follows me everywhere.

My mission is now to swim to raise awareness of all those I meet, the importance of preserving this vital resource, which is offered to us by nature; the water.

achievements

Shawinigan

Bassin St-Maurice
2017 Year
  • Place: Québec, Canada
  • Type: Solo
  • Kms: 70
  • Duration: 24 h

Montréal / Québec

St. Lawrence River from Montreal to Quebec City
2015 Year
  • Place: Québec, Canada
  • Type: Solo
  • Kms: 250
  • Duration: 7 days

Montréal / Québec

St. Lawrence River from Montreal to Quebec City
2014 Year
  • Place: Québec, Canada
  • Type: Solo
  • Kms: 250
  • Duration: 8 days

Gatineau / Montréal

Ottawa River from Gatineau to Montreal
2012 Year
  • Place: Québec, Canada
  • Type: Solo
  • Kms: 185
  • Duration: 7 days

Lac St-Jean

Tour du Lac St-Jean
2016 Year
  • Place: Québec, Canada
  • Type: Solo
  • Kms: 300
  • Duration: 10 days

Québec / Matane

St. Lawrence River from Quebec to Matane
2011 Year
  • Place: Québec, Canada
  • Type: Solo
  • Kms: 350
  • Duration: 17 days

La Tuque

24H of swimming
2011 Year
  • Place: Québec, Canada
  • Type: Solo
  • Kms: 75
  • Duration: 24H

Montréal / Québec

St. Lawrence River from Montreal to Quebec City
2010 Year
  • Place: Québec, Canada
  • Type: Solo
  • Kms: 250
  • Duration: 9 days

Lac St-Jean

Tour du Lac St-Jean
2010 Year
  • Place: Québec, Canada
  • Type: Solo
  • Kms: 130
  • Duration: 6 days

La Tuque / Trois-Rivières

St-Maurice River from La Tuque to Trois-Rivières
2010 Year
  • Place: Québec, Canada
  • Type: Solo
  • Kms: 165
  • Duration: 3 days

La Tuque / Trois-Rivières

St-Maurice River from La Tuque to Trois-Rivières
2009 Year
  • Place: Québec, Canada
  • Type: Solo
  • Kms: 165
  • Duration: 5 days

Chicoutimi / La Baie

Saguenay Descent from Chicoutimi to La Baie
2009 Year
  • Place: Québec, Canada
  • Type: Competition
  • Rank: 1st woman
  • Kms: 42
  • Duration: 5H36

Ocean Marathon Swim

Competition
1998 Year
  • Place: Atlantic City, E-U
  • Type: Competition
  • Rank: 4th woman
  • Kms: 34
  • Duration: 8H09:17

International Memphrémagog

Competition
1998 Year
  • Place: Magog, Québec. Canada
  • Type: Compétition
  • Rank: 7th woman
  • Kms: 42
  • Duration: 11H38:50

Canadian Championship

Bassin Olympique
1997 Year
  • Place: Montréal, Québec. Canada
  • Type: Competition
  • Rank: 3rd woman
  • Kms: 25
  • Duration: 05:49

Koroni- Kalamata

Greece
1997 Year
  • Place: Québec. Canada
  • Type: Compétition
  • Rank: 2nd woman
  • Kms: 30
  • Duration: 09:30:00

Ocean Marathon Swim

Atlantic City, E.-U.
1996 Year
  • Place: Atlantic City, E.-U.
  • Type: Compétition
  • Rank: 7th woman
  • Kms: 34
  • Duration: 09:03:31

Lac St-Jean

Traversée du Lac St-Jean
1996 Year
  • Place: Québec, Canada
  • Type: Competition
  • Rank: 4th woman
  • Kms: 40
  • Duration: 11:15:23

5th World Cup

Lac Leman, Lauzanne, Suisse
1996 Year
  • Place: Lac Leman, Lauzanne, Suisse
  • Type: Competition
  • Rank: 14th woman
  • Kms: 25
  • Duration: 06:10:12

Canadian Championship

Bassin Olympique
1996 Year
  • Place: Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Type: Compétition
  • Rank: 2nd woman
  • Kms: 25
  • Duration: 05:46:00

International Memphrémagog

Competition
1995 Year
  • Place: Magog, Québec, Canada
  • Type: Competition
  • Rank: 7th woman
  • Kms: 42
  • Duration: 10:14:10

Canadian Championship

Competition Bassin olympique
1995 Year
  • Place: Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Type: Compétition
  • Rank: 3rd woman
  • Kms: 25
  • Duration: 06:17:00

Honors and merits

Honorary President

on the occasion of the International Women's Day
2016 Year
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Honorary President

Festi-Beach
2013 Year
  •  

Gala Femme de Mérite

YWCA of Québec
2013 Year
  •  

Jeux du Québec, Shawinigan

Representative of female athletes for the 2012 Quebec Games in Shawinigan
2012 Year
  •  

Tout le Monde Dehors

Participation in the show "Tout le monde hors" broadcast on TéléQuébec.
2012 Year
  •  

Guest of Honor

Vocalys
2011 Year
  •  

Finalist at the Gala

Young Chamber of Commerce of Mauricie
2011 Year
  • "Female Personality of the Year
  • Coup de cœur

Laureate at the National Activity

Recognition of the citizen
2011 Year
  •  

Bons Baisers de France

Radio-Canada, France Beaudoin
2010 Year
  •  

Sports Personality of the Year

Le Nouvelliste
2010 Year
  •  

Gala Sport-Hommage

Desjardins de la Mauricie
2010 Year
  •  

Headliner

Le Nouvelliste
2010 Year
  •  

Ambassador of the Maurici

Recognition event.
2010 Year
  •  

Gala Sport-Hommage

Desjardins de la Mauricie
2009 Year
  •  

swim toward your dreams

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Dynamic and interactive conferences.

The objectives of the conferences are: motivation, surpassing oneself, the environment and the protection of water in particular.

Conferences adapted to primary or secondary schools, early childhood centers, companies, organizations, associations, special activities or training … Many concrete examples on different topics for the mobilization of all towards a better future.

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