Victoria Poon

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Victoria Poon
Personal information
Full name Cheuk Yuen Victoria Poon
Nationality  Canada
Born (1984-10-12) October 12, 1984 (age 30)
Hong Kong
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 73 kg
Sport Swimming

Cheuk Yuen Victoria Poon (Chinese name 潘卓源)[1] (commonly known as Victoria Poon) (born October 12, 1984) is a Canadian freestyle swimmer. She was born in Hong Kong.[2] She moved to Canada when she was 11 years old.[3] She lives in the Lasalle burrough[4] of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[5] She is the current national record holder in the women's 50m freestyle swim race, with a time of 24.75s.[6]


Poon's long time swim club has been the Club de natation Calac de LaSalle.[3]

In 2005, Poon set the Canadian national record for women's 50m freestyle, at 25.52s.[7]

Poon competed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and won a bronze with the Canadian team in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay.[3]

In the April 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials, Poon lowered her Canadian record for women's 50m freestyle to 25.47s, which she has set in 2005.[7] At the 2008 Canadian Summer Open Nationals, she finished 3rd in the women's 50m freestyle event, behind Jennifer Carroll (2nd) and Jen Beckberger (1st).[8] Poon competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics and finished 30th in the women's 50 metre freestyle event.[5][9]

In 2009, Poon set the women's 50m freestyle Canadian record at 24.75s.[6] On 19 June 2009, Poon set a new Canadian record for the women's 50m butterfly, of 26.71s, at the Canada Cup of swimming; besting the record set Shona Kitson in 2000 of 27.17s. At that time, Poon was coached by Benoît Lebrun, of the Club de natation des piscines du Parc olympique (CNPPO; literally, Olympic Park Swimming Pools Swim Club).[10]

At the 2010 Canada Cup of Swimming, short course, Poon won gold for the women's 100m freestyle, and women's 50m butterfly. At the time, she was also the Canadian national record holder for those two events.[11]

At the 2010 World Swimming Championships, short course, Poon set and then bettered the Canadian national record for women's 100m freestyle. She set a new record on 16 December 2010 of 52.76s in the semi-finals. On 17 December 2010, in the finals, she reset it to 52.51s, and managed to finish fifth.[12] In the 50m freestyle, she lowered her own Canadian record to 29.14s. She ended with a 7th place ranking.[3]

In the March 2011 Canadian World Championship Trials, Poon finished second, behind Julia Wilkinson, in the women's 100m freestyle race.[13]

Poon competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics and finished 16th in the women's 50 metre freestyle event.[6]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Data Date Meet Notes
50m freestyle (short course) 29.14s 2010-12 2010 World Swimming Championships, short course Canadian Record [3]
50m freestyle 25.52s 2005 Canadian Record [7]
50m freestyle 25.47s 2008-04 Canadian Olympic Trials Canadian Record [7]
50m freestyle 24.75s 2009 Canadian Record [6]
50m butterfly 26.71s 2009-06-19 2009 Canada Cup of Swimming Canadian Record [10]
100m freestyle (short course) 52.76s 2010-12-16 2010 World Swimming Championships, short course Canadian Record [12]
100m freestyle (short course) 52.51s 2010-12-17 2010 World Swimming Championships, short course Canadian Record [12]


  1. ^ (Chinese), "潘卓源 目標游進前八", 張耀仁, 27 July 2012
  2. ^ Cheuk Yuen Victoria Poon
  3. ^ a b c d e (French) Le Messager Lasalle, "Victoria Poon s'illustre aux championnats du monde à Dubaï", Pierre Boulanger, 20 December 2010
  4. ^ (French) Le Messager Lasalle, "Victoria Poon se qualifie pour la demi-finale", 3 August 2012
  5. ^ a b (French) Le Journal de Montreal, "Victoria Poon se qualifie pour les demi-finales au 50 mètres style libre", QMI, 3 August 2012
  6. ^ a b c d (French) La Presse (Montreal), "Victoria Poon, 16e : «Donne-moi la varicelle et je pourrais nager plus vite que ça»", Simon Drouin, 4 August 2012
  7. ^ a b c d (English) Swimming World, "Canadian Trials: Three National Records Set on Final Night", 6 April 2008
  8. ^ (English) Swimming World, "Canadian Summer Open Nationals: Meet Takes Final Bow", 20 July 2008
  9. ^ CAN Records Long Course
  10. ^ a b (French) La Presse (Montreal), "Victoria Poon bat le record canadien au 50 m papillon", Canadian Press, 19 June 2009
  11. ^ (French) La Presse (Montreal), "Victoria Poon remporte deux médailles d'or à la Coupe Canada de natation", Canadian Press, 26 November 2010
  12. ^ a b c (French) La Presse (Montreal), "Victoria Poon améliore son record canadien au 100 m libre", Canadian Press, 17 December 2010
  13. ^ (English) Swimming World, "Canadian World Championship Trials: Jillian Tyler, Brent Hayden Perform Well ", 31 March 2011