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Jacqueline SIMONEAU
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Canada   
GenderWomen
Born29 Sep 1996 in Montreal, CAN
Height1.65 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Montreal, QC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Public Speaker
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Health Science - Vanier College: Saint-Laurent, QC, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age eight. She was at diving practice when she became intrigued by the artistic swimmers at the other end of the pool.
Why this sport?
As a child she practised artistic swimming, diving, water polo and swimming, but narrowed the sports down to diving and artistic swimming. She had a diary listing the pros and cons of both, and was eventually forced to choose when she was scheduled to compete in both sports on the same day. "I always loved participating in many different sports as a kid and had trouble picking just one. In my search for finding a sport that would cover many different aspects, I discovered synchronised swimming. It is a sport that requires cross training and I can do everything that I love - running, weights, speed swimming, diving, water polo, trampoline and much more."
Name of coach
Katarzyna Kulesza [national]; Karine Dore [national]
International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Canada
General Interest
Hobbies
Collecting snow globes from different countries, cooking, baking, learning about human anatomy, reading, golf, horse riding. (olympic.ca, 11 Aug 2019; synchro.ca, 16 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Canadian artistic gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, Russian artistic swimmer Natalia Ishchenko. (journalmetro.com, 02 Oct 2017; synchro.ca, 16 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A healthy mind in a healthy body." (olympic.ca, 11 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named 2012 Athlete of the Year by Synchro Canada. (synchro.ca, 2013)
Ambitions
To finish in the top five in the duet event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Panam Sports Channel YouTube channel, 05 Feb 2020)
Other information
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES
She believes her physique has made it harder for her to progress in the sport. "When I first started the sport, it was actually hard to share my goals with my coaches and teammates because I am not a naturally-built synchronised swimmer. I'm not naturally tall, like Natalia Ischenko who is gorgeous, tall and with long legs. That's one thing I didn't have. And natural flexibility is also something I didn't have." (insidesynchro.org, 15 Nov 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She is a spokesperson for Coeliaque Quebec after being diagnosed with Coeliac disease when she was younger. "I thought that I could no longer play sports. When I got my diagnosis I thought my whole world was falling apart and I could never achieve my dreams. But that's not what a diagnosis should mean. It should rather say that we will be taken care of and well supervised." She has also worked with other charities including Fondation des Etoiles, the Make a Wish Foundation, and Fast and Female. (vaniercollege.qc.ca, 30 Jun 2020; journaldechambly.com, 23 May 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN Duet 184.479
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
7 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Duet 179.892
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR Solo Free Routine 90.700
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR Solo Technical Routine 89.293
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Technical Routine  
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Technical Routine 88.865 
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Highlights 89.933 
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Free Routine  
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Free Routine 89.766
6 2017 Budapest, HUN Solo Free Routine 90.133
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Solo Technical Routine 89.500
7 2017 Budapest, HUN Team Free Routine 88.800
7 2017 Budapest, HUN Team Technical Routine 86.204
7 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Free Routine 89.000
7 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Technical Routine 87.652
6 2015 Kazan, RUS Solo Technical Routine 89.024
6 2015 Kazan, RUS Solo Free Routine 90.233
6 2015 Kazan, RUS Free Routine Combination 90.367
6 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Technical Routine 89.418
6 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Technical Routine 88.889 
7 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Free Routine 90.000
7 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Free Routine 89.367 
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team Free Routine 88.620
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team Technical Routine 90.300
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP Free Routine Combination 90.410
FINA World Trophy
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2014 Beijing, CHN Total 362.834