James Dergousoff qualified for his first senior national team in 2015 when he won the 200m breaststroke and finished third in the 100m breaststroke at the Canadian Trials. He took his first steps towards wearing the maple leaf after joining Swimming Canada’s Development Program in 2011 with the Prospects Initiative. He went on to compete at the 2012 US Youth Tour and the 2012 North American Challenge Cup. In 2013 he attended the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and qualified for his first major international meet, the FINA World Junior Championships, where he finished 21st in the 200m breaststroke and 25th in the 100m breaststroke. Dergousoff is the national 100m breaststroke record holder in the 15-17 age group.
Family: Parents Ted and Tres Dergousoff… Older sister Katie… Getting into the Sport: Started swimming at 5 in the local lake… Went to the pool in the winter because he missed the water… Outside Interests: Away from swimming enjoys relaxing and playing hockey… Is a big fan of the Trailer Park Boys… Graduated high school in 2015… Odds and Ends: Favourite quote: “The way she goes”… Biggest inspiration has been his grandparents who were always at meets growing up and were the best support staff he could ask for… Listens to dub-step music before competing…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FINA World Championships (junior): 2013 – 21st (200m breaststroke), 25th (100m breaststroke)