Episode #1: Chantal Van Landeghem
July 20, 2020
Chantal Van Landeghem was in the pool before she could walk. Her Dad would take her and her sister to the pool to play and just spend time in the water. That early introduction fostered Chantal’s love of the water and contributed to her feeling at ease and at peace there. She dreamed of making a national team and going to the Olympics as early as age 5 and at age 12 she attended her first international competition as a junior athlete on Team Canada.
Fast forward several years and Chantal would join 3 teammates on the podium for Canada’s first swimming medal in 40 years and the first for Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics. A triumph for sure, but it was not without heartbreak. Chantal missed making the 2012 Olympic team by .01 of a second.
Now retired from swimming, Chantal is pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology and plans to work with athletes and others to support them on their journeys to being their best selves and accomplishing their goals. She loves that her career affords her the opportunity to give back.
We are excited to share the inaugural Heroes in our Midst podcast with Chantal Van Landeghem.
“I remember maybe around kindergarten age actually, like having the dream of being a Canadian Olympian.”