Jean-Simon Desgagnes leaps over a water pit during the steeplechase event at the national championships.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Jean-Simon Desgagnés


  • 2023 Canadian Champion in 3000m steeplechase
  • Competed at the World Athletics Championships in 2022 and 2023; advanced to the 3000m steeplechase final in 2023 and finished eighth  
  • Won 3000m steeplechase bronze at the 2022 NACAC Championships 
  • Made his international debut in 2017 at the U20 World Cross Country Championships and U20 Pan American Championships; won the Pan Am U20 title in the 3000m steeplechase
  • Won 3000m steeplechase gold at 2017 Canada Games 
  • Won 2021 USports Cross-Country team title with Université Laval

A Little More About Jean-Simon

Getting into the Sport: Started running at age 12 when his Physical Education teacher saw potential in him… Outside Interests: Currently in medical school at Université Laval and completing MA in immunology, hopes to pursue a career as a physician… Enjoys alpine skiing…

Notable International Results

World Athletics Championships: 2023 - 8th (3000m steeplechase), 2022 - 36th (3000m steeplechase)

NACAC Championships: 2022 – BRONZE (3000m steeplechase) 

Universiade: 2019 - BRONZE (3000m steeplechase)

Pan American U20 Championships: 2017 - GOLD (3000m steeplechase)

World Cross-Country Championships U20: 2017 - 65th