MONTREAL – It was announced today that two-time Olympic medallist, Alexandre Despatie, who won silver in the 3m springboard diving event at the Athens 2004 and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, has retired from international competition.

“On behalf of the entire Canadian Olympic family, I would like to thank Alexandre for his dedication to Canada’s National Diving Program, and for contributing to the overall development of sport in Canada. I have had the pleasure of knowing Alexandre for many years and he has always impressed me both in and outside of competition. He has done so much for not only his sport, but for his province and country. No matter where in the world Alexandre competed, he made Canadians proud and represented us all with great dignity and charm. He has singlehandedly inspired a generation of divers and remains one of this country’s greatest sport ambassadors. I wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”
Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee

“Alexandre is one of those rare athletes who Canadians feel they have grown up watching and supporting. Not only has he had a tremendously successful athletic career, but he has been an inspiration to generations of young athletes across this country.”
Mark Tewksbury, Olympic Gold Medallist, London 2012 Chef de Mission

“I first met Alexandre when he was very young and it has been remarkable to see him grow over the years and accomplish so much.  I am incredibly proud of not only the athlete he has become but also his generousity which is exemplified through his many charitable commitments.”
Sylvie Bernier, Olympic Gold Medallist, London 2012 Assistant Chef de Mission

Alexandre Despatie is a Laval, Quebec native who made his international diving debut at the young age of 13 when he won 10m platform gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. In total, he has accumulated eleven Commonwealth Games medals, eight FINA World Championship medals, six FINA World Cup medals and two Olympic silver medals.

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