SAVARD Katerine < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Canada   
Gender Women
Born 26 May 1993 in Pont-Rouge, CAN
Height1.66 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Montreal, QC, CAN
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, French
Higher education Education - University of Montreal: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She first tried swimming at an early age. She took up competitive swimming at age nine at the UNIK club in Pont-Rouge, QC, Canada, and joined a sport studies programme at La Camaradiere High School in Quebec City, QC, Canada, in 2006.
Why this sport? Her mother had a fear of water and drowning so she introduced Savard to swimming to ensure she did not have the same problem. She started learning to swim before she was able to walk.
Club / Team Club Aquatique de Montreal: Canada
Name of coach Claude St-Jean [personal]
International Debut
Year 2010
Competing for Canada
General Interest
Nicknames Kat, Koot, Kittykat, Kitkat (swimswam.com, 19 Feb 2015)
Hobbies Travel, watching movies, shopping, spending time with family. (swimming.ca, 11 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol US swimmer Dara Torres. (swimming.ca, 11 Aug 2019)
Injuries She withdrew from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, due to health reasons. (swimswam.com, 23 Mar 2018)

She injured her left ankle in September 2015, which delayed her start to the 2015/16 season. She also suffered ankle injuries prior to the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (lapresse.ca, 17 Nov 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Hold on to your dreams, no matter where you go." (lanouvelle.net, 12 May 2018)
Awards and honours She was named 2014 Rookie of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year in the swimming category by Canadian Interuniversity Sport [CIS]. (swimswam.com, 15 Feb 2015)

She received the 2012 Best Senior Female Athlete award from the Quebec Swimming Federation in Canada. (katerinesavard.com, 09 Jun 2013)

She was named Best Junior Female Athlete for 2010 and 2011 by the Quebec Swimming Federation in Canada. (katerinesavard.com, 09 Jun 2013)
Milestones She was part of the team that won Canada's first Olympic medal in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay, when she claimed bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after swimming the opening leg of the race in the final of the event. (olympic.ca, 01 Aug 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 27 Oct 2020)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lapresse.ca, 08 Oct 2020)
Other information RIO REDEMPTION
She had hoped to compete in the 100m butterfly at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but failed to qualify for the Games in the event. However, she ended up winning bronze in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay in Rio. "The moment I came third [in the 100m butterfly at the Canadian Olympic trials], I knew I lost my national title, my national record, and my place on the Olympic team. Honestly, that was one of the hardest moments of my career because I trained for it. I was not expecting to be able to make the team in another event. I never trained for the freestyle before that. I guess everything happens for a reason and if I had swam the 100m butterfly in Rio, I guess I wouldn't have a medal in the 4x200m." (swimming.ca, 01 Jan 2018; cbc.ca, 29 Aug 2017; Swimming Canada Facebook page, 01 Jan 2017)

FILM STAR
She played the lead character in the Canadian film 'Nadia, Butterfly', which was released in 2020 and was selected for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. The film is about a fictional Canadian swimmer who is preparing to retire after competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 21 Sep 2020; lapresse.ca, 09 Feb 2020)