Canada's Paralympic swimming programme for Paris 2024 is to be led by Mike Thompson ©Getty Images

Swimming Canada has appointed Mike Thompson as its senior team coach and national team performance manager for the Paralympic programme, meaning he is to lead the country into Paris 2024.

Thompson is to formally begin his new role on March 1 2023, having acted as the head coach of Montreal's High Performance Centre-Quebec since 2015.

Since September, Thompson has been on a leave of absence to spend time with his children in Ontario.

Jean-Michel Lavallière, Thompson's former assistant in Quebec, has assumed the role of head coach in Montreal.

Soon, Thompson will be based back in Ontario with Swimming Canada.

"I'm super excited about this opportunity," said Thompson.

"Given the amount of time I've had to reconnect with my children and focus on parenting, a March return to work is safe and the right thing to do for myself and my family.

"My son has gotten into swimming and my daughter is adjusting to high school way better than she anticipated. 

"It has meant so much to be able to get them settled back into normalcy. 

"Both are happy that I've been able to be here for them and still will for a few more months. 

"I think I'm ready to come back to work."

Aurélie Rivard won two Paralympic gold medals in Tokyo in swimming ©Getty Images
Aurélie Rivard won two Paralympic gold medals in Tokyo in swimming ©Getty Images

Thompson is to be responsible for supporting the technical and cultural delivery of Canada's Para swimming programme, as well as leading the team at major events such as the Manchester 2023 World Para Swimming Championships.

"Over seven highly successful years at HPC-Quebec, a period that included coaching world champions such as Tess Routliffe, Danielle Dorris, Aurélie Rivard and Benoît Huot, Mike has consistently demonstrated an understanding of how to facilitate peak performance for great swimmers," added Swimming Canada's associate director of high performance and Para swimming national coach Wayne Lomas.

"His successes at HPC-Quebec include the way he has utilised and managed the integrated support team to identify and design successful mitigations for gaps in elite and development swimmers across many sport classes."

Canada won three gold medals, three silver and two bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in swimming.

Two titles went the way of Rivard, with the other won by Dorris.