Philippe Gagnon was born and raised in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. He is currently responsible for university sport, leagues and communications for the sport activities and facilities department at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
The story of this family man is not a typical one. Philippe was born with clubfeet, a malformation that forced him to undergo many surgical procedures before he could take his first steps. At around the age of 10, he joined the Chicoutimi Swimming Club, where he developed the skills that would allow him to excel in his sport and overcome the obstacles related to his condition. With the encouragement of his family, his determination, hard work, and courage he went to the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games where he left with 4 paralympic medals. He even held a world record for more than 17 years.