Mia Vallée’s harmony with aquatic sport was discovered in childhood and has compelled her along an inspiring path to becoming one of Canada’s brightest talents.
At age 5, Mia began diving at Point-Claire Aquatic Centre after developing a love for water on family vacations and trips to Montreal’s cottage country. Her parents, Kristine Doucet and Nicolas Vallée, shared their passion for an active lifestyle and the energy rubbed off on their only child.
However, by age 16, Mia’s passion for the repetition of training began to diminish. She wished for the freedom of being a young adult in high school. In August of 2017, at the end of the season, Mia paused her diving career and immersed herself in teenage life.
Over a period of months, the desire to pursue the Olympic Games rekindled. A year after her return to the sport, Mia took a big first step by qualifying for the 2019 World University Games in Italy. That same summer Mia cemented her return by winning a gold medal in the 1M springboard and silver medal in the 3M event at Speedo Summer Senior Nationals.
Vallée built on her successful return by committing to the University of Miami for the fall of 2019. Unfortunately, her freshman year was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, by her third year, Vallée won the 1M springboard event at the 2022 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships with an NCAA Championships record of 365.75.
Building on her collegiate success Vallée had the summer of her life in 2022. In Budapest, Hungary, at her first FINA World Aquatics Championships, Vallée won bronze in the 1M springboard and silver in the 3M event. In doing so, she became the first Canadian woman to win multiple medals at the same World Championships. A month later, at Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Vallée topped the podium in her signature 1M event and later added two other bronze medals (3M & 3M synchro).
Vallée’s impressive run in 2022 earned her Diving Plongeon Canada’s Female Athlete of the Year award.
Now a constant medal threat on the world scene, Vallée is poised to regularly challenge for the podium through 2023, a critical season ahead of next year’s Olympic Games.
Of special note, Vallée’s aunt on her father’s side, Dominique Vallée, competed for Canada in snowboarding at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy.
World Cup: BRONZE 3M Synchro with Ware (2023)
World Championships: SILVER 3M Springboard (2022), BRONZE 1M Springboard (2022)