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Victoria POON
Sport Swimming
NOC Canada   
GenderWomen
Born12 Oct 1984
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Languages
Cantonese, English, French
Higher education
Mechanical Engineering - Concordia University: Montreal, QC, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at a summer camp in Hong Kong, China.
Why this sport?
She also played basketball as a child. However, when her family moved from Hong Kong, China to Canada, she decided to pursue an individual sport rather than a team sport and chose to focus on swimming.
International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
Commonwealth Games
Location
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
General Interest
Nicknames
Vic (Twitter profile, 04 Feb 2013)
Injuries
An ankle injury forced her to miss several weeks of training prior to the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (messagerlasalle.com, 11 Aug 2011)

She was diagnosed with chicken pox a few days before her first event at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She missed the women's 4x100m freestyle relay, but returned to compete in the 50m freestyle on the last day of swimming competition at the Games. (olympic.ca, 04 Sep 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you believe, anything can happen." (rcinet.ca, 07 May 2012)
Awards and honours
She was a member of the 4x100m freestyle relay team that was named the 2006 Team of the Year by the Aquatic Federation of Canada [AFC]. (calgarypatriots.com, 19 Oct 2006)
Other information
MOVING TO CANADA
Her family emigrated from Hong Kong, China to Canada when she was age 11. "I came to Canada because my mum wanted to move and wanted me and my sister to have a different environment growing up. She wanted us to learn more besides just being Chinese, so we came to Canada to learn French." (torontoobserver.ca, 11 Apr 2015; rcinet.ca, 07 May 2012)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After completing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Concordia University in Montreal, QC, Canada, from 2016 to 2018 she studied for a graduate diploma in business administration and management at the same institution. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2012 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 25.17
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 25.58
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:36.44
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Freestyle 55.30
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Freestyle 25.42
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:37.09
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Freestyle 54.82
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Freestyle 25.26
6 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:38.42
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Butterfly 27.31
6 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.87
Semifinal 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Freestyle 54.29
Semifinal 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Freestyle 24.75
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 50m Freestyle 26.56
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 100m Freestyle 56.30
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:43.17
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 52.51
7 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Freestyle 24.19
6 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.92
6 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:56.57