Naming of the indoor pool
In 2013, the City of Saint-Lambert decided to honour athlete Émilie Heymans by naming its indoor pool after her.
Émilie Heymans was a natural choice because no other city can boast of having been the childhood home of the first female diver ever to have won medals in four consecutive Olympic Games. The entire community shares a sense of pride in being able to count this accomplished athlete who embodies the spirit of good sportsmanship among its own.
But beyond her achievements, Émilie Heymans serves as an inspirational role model for the young athletes in our community. The high standards she set for herself throughout her sporting career show that with a lot of effort, perseverance, and passion, dreams can come true.
It is for all these reasons that the City of Saint-Lambert decided to name its indoor pool after this athlete. As a result, the name Émilie Heymans will forever be etched in our city’s history and will continue to inspire future generations for years to come.
Émilie Heymans began her career as a gymnast, but fell in love with diving at the age of 11. In 2000, Émilie realized her childhood dream when she took part in her first Olympic Games in Sydney, where she won a silver medal with partner Anne Montminy. Four years later, she and synchro teammate Blythe Hartley claimed a bronze medal, Canada’s first medal of the Athens Games.
In 2008, at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Heymans won the silver medal for the 10 m tower event. Finally, in 2012, it was at the Olympics in London that she won a bronze medal with partner Jennifer Abel, becoming the first female diver to earn medals in four straight Olympic games.
In 2012, Émilie Heymans ended her prolific diving career, during the course of which she also racked up:
- 9 World Cup and World Championship medals
- 5 Commonwealth Games medals
- 7 Pan American Games medals
- 38 Canadian Championships titles
- 84 international medals
To know more about Émilie Heymans’ career, you can consult her official website at emilieheymans.com/en/biography/