(born June 8, 1985) is a Canadian diver
from Laval, Quebec
. He was the World champion at the 1 and 3 m springboards from 2005 to 2007 and is the first, and so far only, diver to have been World champion in the three categories (1, 3 and 10 m platform). He is also a 36-time Canadian senior diving champion. He was born in Montreal
Despatie began diving
at the age of 5 in his own backyard pool.
He first came to public attention at the 1998 Commonwealth Games
with an extremely impressive gold medal on the 10 metre platform (which included an unprecedented score of perfect 10s). He was only 13 years old at the time, and the achievement was recorded in the Guinness Book Of World Records
At the Olympic games
in Sydney in 2000, with a 4th place finish at the 10-metre platform
, he was offered the chance to compete in the springboard
event in those Games as well, when one of the Canadian divers had to withdraw from the meet due to complications with his citizenship, but declined because he had not been training for that event.
He won the silver medal at the world championships in 2001 in Fukuoka
, Japan in the same event, and in 2003 won a gold medal at the World Diving Championships
, Spain in the 10 metre platform. He recorded 107.1 for his last dive, which set a new record.
At the 2002 Commonwealth Games
, Despatie won the gold medal in the three-metre springboard event,... Read More