Alex Despatie has been a recognizable face on the international scene since capturing gold and Canadian hearts as a 13-year-old at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. In the decade and a half following, Despatie became the greatest male diver in Canadian history, highlighted by a pair of Olympic silver medals.

Despatie made his Olympic debut at Sydney 2000 when he was just 15 and finished fourth in the 10m platform. Four years later at Athens 2004 he became the first Canadian man to win an Olympic diving medal when he won silver in the 3m springboard. He repeated that feat at Beijing 2008, coming back from a fractured right foot. Just six weeks after suffering a head injury he competed at his fourth Olympic Games at London 2012, where he finished 11th in the 3m springboard and sixth in the 3m synchro with partner Reuben Ross.

In 2005 Despatie made history by becoming the first diver to ever be crowned world champion on all three boards (1m, 3m, 10m) when he captured gold in both the 1m and 3m springboards, following his 10m platform gold in 2003. He has a total of eight world championship medals. Despatie has also won 11 Commonwealth Games medals (nine of them gold), a record amongst all Canadian athletes. He is a seven-time medallist at the Pan American Games.