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Mary-Sophie HARVEY
Sport Swimming
NOC Canada   
GenderWomen
Born11 Aug 1999 in Laval, CAN
Height1.78 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Montreal, QC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age six with the Megophias de Trois-Rivieres club in Quebec, Canada.
Why this sport?
Both of her parents were competitive swimmers so she followed them into the sport.
Club / Team
CAMO: Montreal, QC, CAN
Name of coach
Greg Arkhurst [club]
General Interest
Hobbies
Travel. (isl.global, 01 Jan 2020)
Injuries
In 2018 she withdrew from the Canadian trials for the Pan Pacific championships with multiple health issues. She was struggling with tendinitis in both shoulders and needed her wisdom teeth removed. (olympic.ca, 11 Aug 2019; swimswam.com, 11 Jul 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She collects magnets when travelling for competitions. (olympic.ca, 11 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Little by little, a little becomes a lot." (a.isl.global, 01 Jan 2020)
Famous relatives
Her parents competed in swimming at national level in Canada. (swimming.ca, 11 Aug 2019)
Other information
MENTAL HEALTH
She felt she underperformed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, where she only qualified for one final. Her performance was criticised by one of the Canadian national team coaches and she was then dropped from the relay squad later in the Games. Combined with a number of health issues she was facing, her mental health began to suffer and she took a six-month break from swimming. She returned to the sport in 2019, and won four medals at that year's Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. "All the emotions I had felt over the past few years [before the 2018 Commonwealth Games] came out and they were amplified. All my dreams had just collapsed. I told myself once again that people were right, that I was not up to the task. This is where I fell into depression. I got sick of swimming. I learned to hate the sport I loved so much. I got to the bottom of the barrel. Why did a sport that I started doing to achieve my dreams get me that point. This [Pan American Games] is where I started having fun again, which I haven't had in 10 years. I was like, 'Wow, swimming is fun and I love it'." (ici.radio-canada.ca, 27 Jul 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:43.77
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2022 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:12.77
3 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:44.76
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Individual Medley 4:46.88
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:09.74
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:58.15
8 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:55.57
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Lima, PER 400m Individual Medley 4:43.20
2 2019 Lima, PER 200m Butterfly 2:11.68
5 2019 Lima, PER 200m Breaststroke 2:28.56
2 2019 Lima, PER 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:59.16
2 2019 Lima, PER 4 x 100m Medley Relay