Pamela Ware dives in pike positionCOC/Leah Hennel
COC/Leah Hennel

Pamela Ware


Pamela Ware’s World Aquatics Championships debut in 2013 was one to remember as she won bronze medals in both the individual and synchro 3m springboard events, partnering with Jennifer Abel in the latter. She was named Aquatics Canada’s Female Athlete of the Year for her efforts. The Ware-Abel tandem added a world championship silver medal in 2015 and reached the podium at the 2014 and 2016 FINA Diving World Cups, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, as well as the 2015 Pan Am Games, where Ware also won individual 3m silver behind Abel.

Ware had gained a wealth of international experience in 2010 when she competed at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (just missing the podium in the 3m springboard), the Commonwealth Games and FINA World Junior Championships. In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Ware finished seventh in the individual 3m event after just missing the podium in the 3m synchro event, placing fourth with Abel.

In 2017, Ware began focusing her attention on the individual 3m event. She won bronze at the 2018 FINA Diving World Cup after placing fourth at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. She finished the 2019 FINA Diving World Series ranked fifth in the 3m springboard standings, after placing fourth overall in 2018. Ware reunited with Abel at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima where they won 3m synchro gold while Ware placed fourth individually. She secured an Olympic quota spot for Canada with her seventh-place finish in the 3m springboard at the 2019 World aquatics Championships.

Ware qualified for Tokyo 2020 by winning the national trials in June 2021. She advanced to the 3m springboard semifinals in her second Olympic appearance, but she did not move onto the final after completely missing her final dive in the semis, receiving zero points.

After taking time to focus on mental side of her sport, Ware returned to major international competition at the World Aquatics Diving World Cup in Montreal in May 2023. There, she won 3m springboard silver to go with a 3m synchro bronze in her first event with partner Mia Vallée. In her first appearance at the World Aquatics Championships since 2019, Ware returned to the 3m springboard podium for the first time in 10 years at the worlds as she won the bronze medal. She and Vallée finished fifth in the 3m synchro final, missing the podium by less than two points. Ware also had a near-miss in the non-OIympic 1m event, placing fourth by less than a point. Ware capped her 2023 summer season with a silver medal alongside Vallée in the 3m synchro event at the Diving World Cup Super Final where she also placed fourth in the 3m springboard.

A Little More About Pamela

Getting into the Sport: Started diving in 2000 and competed in her first nationals in 2003… Introduced to the sport at a public pool where her father told her and her sister that if they did a front flip off the small diving board he would buy them a Popsicle and if they did a back flip they’d go to Dairy Queen… They did both and the next day a lifeguard gave them the phone number of a diving club in Brossard… Older sister Carol Ann is a former national team member and they used to compete together in synchro events…  Outside Interests: Loves to cook and plans on attending cooking school once she retires from competitive diving…Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Your dreams are worth the chase”…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
Rio 2016Aquatics - DivingSynchronized Springboard 3m - Women4
Rio 2016Aquatics - DivingSpringboard 3m - Women7
Tokyo 2020Aquatics - DivingSpringboard 3m - Women18

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2020 - 18th (3m); 2016 - 4th (3m synchro), 7th (3m)

Youth Olympic Games: 2010 – 4th (3m), 8th (10m)

Pan American Games: 2019 – GOLD (3m synchro), 4th (3m); 2015 – SILVER (3m), SILVER (3m synchro)

Commonwealth Games: 2018 – 4th (3m); 2014 –SILVER (3m synchro), 6th (3m), 6th (1m); 2010 – 7th (3m), 11th (10m), 5th (3m synchro), 6th (10m synchro), 9th (1m)

World Aquatics Championships: 2023 – BRONZE (3m), 5th (3m synchro), 4th (1m); ,2019 - 7th (3m); 2017 – 6th (3m); 2015 – SILVER (3m synchro), 5th (3m); 2013 – BRONZE (3m synchro), BRONZE (3m), 5th (1m)

FINA Diving World Cup: 2021 – 21st (3m); 2018 – BRONZE (3m); 2016 – SILVER (3m synchro), 16th (3m); 2014 – SILVER (3m synchro), 5th (3m); 2012 – 4th (3m)

FINA World Junior Championships: 2010 - BRONZE (1m), 11th (3m), 5th (10m), 4th (3m synchro); 2008 - 7th (3m), 7th (10m), 4th (3m synchro)