Despatie began at the age of six years with the sport. During his school years at Andre Gasset college, he became one of the most promising talents of Canada. The first international top position it reached in 1998 at the age of 13 years with his victory in the 10-meter platform diving at the Commonwealth Games. As the youngest winner of a water jump competition he was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records.
At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney he won the fourth place from the tower. The following year he won at the World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka in 2001 in the same competition silver and finally two years later at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona 2003 World Champion.
At the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, he finished in the synchronized diving from the tower along with his teammate Philippe Comtois fifth place. In individual he won the 3-meter board the silver medal and as the current world champion from 10 m tower was one of the favorites in fourth.
Alexandre Despatie won at the 2005 World Swimming Championships in his hometown of Montreal Canadian title in the competition from the 3m board in front of the American Troy Dumais and the Chinese He Chong. With 813.60 points succeeded Despatie as the first diver to overcome in a World Cup, the magical barrier of 800 points. A short time he succeeded in the competition from 1 m- board with 489.69 points clearly to the victory, before the Chinese defending champion Xiang Xu ( 445.68 ) and his compatriot Wang Feng ( 445.56 ).
At the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, he again won two medals, silver from the 3 m board and together with Arturo Miranda in 3 m synchronized diving. The following year he was able to repeat his silver medal from the 3 m board of Athens at the Olympic Games in Beijing, synchronized diving, he was with Miranda fifth. Also in the 2009 World Cup he could again win two medals, bronze of the 3 m board and with his new partner Reuben Ross in synchronous 3m synchronized diving.
Despatie also won eleven medals at Commonwealth Games, including nine gold medals. He is the most successful Canadian athlete at the Games. Seven more medals he won at the Pan American Games, including four gold medals.
From Diving Canada Despatie was elected between 2000 and 2003 four times in a row diver of the year. The Canadian Swimming Association elected him in 2000 and 2001 Sportsman of the Year. Despatie is now coached by his former partner Arturo Miranda synchro.
- Alexandre Despatie at Sports- Reference.com (English)
- - Official Website of Alexandre Despatie ( English and French )
- Water Springer (Canada)
- World Champion ( diving)
- Olympian (Canada)
- Record holder
- Born in 1985