Died: December 13, 2013 (Montréal)
Gen Gregoire was an all-Canadian swimmer who helped relay teams set school records for McGill University of Montréal. She later became an assistant coach with McGill’s Martlets varsity swimming team. She has died of cancer, aged 32.
Gregoire grew up in Pincourt, Que., a town on Île-Perrot, off the western tip of the island of Montreal. She competed with the Pointe-Claire SwimCclub, achieving a national level status by age 13. She enrolled at McGill in 2001 after attending John Abbott College.
The 5-foot-10 sprinter earned conference all-star status in her first three seasons with the Martlets, according to Earl Zuckerman of McGill. She missed most of her senior campaign with injuries.
The 5-foot-10 sprinter helped establish three school records in relays. She also helped set a Quebec collegiate standard in 2003 by as part of a quartet which completed the 200m free relay in 1 minute, 46.63 seconds. Her teammates in the record-setting performance were Carolyn McCabe, Kristina Hassell and Janice Tijssen.
She competed at three Olympic trials.
Gregoire graduated with an education degree, majoring in kinesiology, in 2005. She later obtained a certificate to be an interior designer.
She worked part-time as an assistant coach at McGill for five years until her health forced her to step aside in 2011. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer two years earlier.
McGill’s swim team raised $7,000 in her name over the past three seasons to support cancer research.