August 5, 2014 12:38 pm

Paralympic champion Valerie Grand’Maison retires from swimming

Valerie Grand Maison, a member of the 2012 Canadian Paralympic Swimming Team poses for a photograph in Montreal, Monday, April 2, 2012.

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MONTREAL – Canadian swimmer Valerie Grand’Maison has announced her retirement after winning nine Paralympic medals, including four gold.

The 25-year-old from Montreal also earned three gold medals and a silver medal at last year’s International Paralympic Committee world swim championships in her hometown.

She retires holding world records in the 200-metre individual medley and 400-metre freestyle for the S13 classification, which is for visually-impaired athletes.

Canada’s Valerie Grand Maison celebrates her gold medal in the Women’s 100m Freestyle S13 final at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in Beijing Wednesday Sept 10, 2008.

Greg Baker/The Canadian Press

“After much soul searching, I am confident that my swimming career has come to an end,” Grand’Maison said Tuesday in a statement from Swimming Canada.

Grand’Maison struggled through a shoulder injury prior to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, yet she won gold in the 200 I.M. in world-record time. She also collected silver in both the 100-metre and 50-metre freestyle.

She led a Canadian sweep of the 100-metre butterfly at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. She also won the 100-metre and 400-metre freestyle.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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