Canadian Diver Alex Despatie to be inducted as Honor Diver in 2024

Alexandre Despatie first came to public attention at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with an extremely impressive gold medal on the 10m platform which included an unprecedented string of perfect 10s. He was only 13 years old at the time, and the achievement was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records 2000.

At his first Olympic Games in Sydney, 2000, he finished in 4th place, in the 10m platform event. The very next year, Alex won the silver medal at the World Championships in 2001 (Fukuoka) in the same event, and finally gold in 2003 (Barcelona), again at the World Championships, and again, on the platform. He recorded 107.1 for his last dive, which set a new record.

At the 2004 Centennial Summer Olympics, Alex won the silver medal in the men’s 3m springboard competition, but finished out of the medal standings in fourth place in the 10m platform. This result was contrary to expectations going into the games, where he was expected to win silver or gold in the 10m platform event and not place in the 3m springboard.

In front of his home crowd at the 2005 World Aquatic Championships in Montreal, he became World Champion on the 3m springboard. He won with a world record score of 813.60 points, his “worst” dive being rated an average 8.5. Despatie followed up on that performance by winning the 1m springboard, with a world record score of 489.69, winning FINA World Titles on both the springboard and platform.

Returning to Australia, this time for the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, Despatie went head to head with the best divers in the world, including the top-ranked Chinese diving team. Winning silver medals in the 3m event and the 3m synchro with partner Arturo Miranda, Despatie proved that he was one of the world’s best divers.

At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, he claimed a silver medal in the 3m springboard event and finished in 5th place in the 3m synchro event.

Despatie is the first, and so far only, diver to have been World Champion in all three individual categories (1, 3 and 10 m platform). 

Come join Despatie and the rest of this year’s class of 2024 in Fort Lauderdale.  If you cannot join us, please consider making a donation.

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This year’s International Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees include:

Honor Swimmers:

Lars Frölander (SWE)

Daniel Gyurta (HUN)

Dana Vollmer (USA)

1976 Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Gold Medal Relay Team (USA)

(Includes Shirley Babashoff, Wendy Boglioli, Kim Peyton*, Jill Sterkel)

Honor Divers:

Alexandre Despatie (CAN)

Yulia Pakhalina (RUS)

Wu Minxia (CHN) 2023

Honor Artistic Swimmer:

Virginie Dedieu (FRA)

Honor Water Polo Players:

Carmela “Lilli” Allucci (ITA)

Vladimir Akimov* (USSR)

Honor Coach:

Dennis Pursley (USA)

Honor Contributor:

Dale Neuburger (USA)

ISHOF 59th Annual Honoree Induction weekend


Host Hotel:  Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort & Spa

To make reservations click here:

321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 467-1111.   Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $229 per night, 

Additional Hotel Option: 

Courtyard Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

 Book your group rate for Honoree Ceremony

440 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 524-8733

Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $169 – $199 per night


Friday, October 4, 2024: Includes:   

The Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame (MISHOF) Induction Ceremony

The ISHOF Aquatic Awards presented by AquaCal and

The ISHOF Specialty Awards

Click here to purchase tickets:  MISHOF/AWARDS

Saturday, October 5, 2024: Includes  

The 59th Annual International Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Induction Ceremony

The Al Schoenfield Media Award and

The 2024 ISHOF Gold Medallion Award

 Click here to purchase tickets:   INDUCTION

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