JARDIN Barbara < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Canada   
Gender Women
Born 22 Oct 1991 in Montreal, CAN
Height1.74 m
Weight 59 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Montreal, QC, CAN
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She first took swimming lessons at age four. She began swimming competitively at age six at the Cote des Neiges sports centre in Montreal, Canada.
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for Canada
General Interest
Hero / Idol Canadian swimmer Victoria Poon. (cbc.ca, 24 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment, until it becomes a memory." (Instagram profile, 07 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours She was named Swimming Canada's 2011 Female Sprint Freestyle Swimmer of the Year. (canswim.ca, 02 Apr 2012)
Famous relatives Her aunt Anne Jardin won two bronze medals in swimming at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. (swimming.ca, 17 Sep 2010)
Other information RETIRED
She announced her retirement from competitive swimming in November 2016. (swimming.ca, 02 Nov 2016)

She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2014. She aspires to be a role model for diabetics and continue to compete. "I started off this year saying that I was going to stop swimming, 'I cannot do this, I am tired all the time, I cannot have something else wrong with me'. I kept thinking about it, especially about one thing that my aunt, Anne Jardin, who won two bronze medals at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, told me. She was on the team to go to the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow when Canada boycotted [because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan]. She told me she regretted not going for another four years. That was what was in the back of my mind, 'I have to do this for me and I have to do this for other people who believe in me'. I want to inspire people. I don't want them to look at me and say 'she kind of gave up'." (swimming.ca, 03 Jul 2015; Twitter profile, 27 Jan 2016)

She failed her first year of swimming lessons because she did not want to dive into the pool and touch the bottom, one of the requirements to pass the course. "I just couldn't do it. I was afraid I was going to drown." (canada.com, 26 May 2006)