2000 Canadian Sport Awards
ALSO ON SLAM!
Alexandre Despatie demonstrated his "Tower Power" last September as he became the youngest Commonwealth Games champion in history with an incredible victory in the men's 10-metre diving competition. At 13, the 5'1", 100 pound dynamo tumbled, somersaulted and twisted his way to the record books eclipsing David Bedard's Canadian record by an incredible 25 points.
He even received one perfect 10.0 from a judge on his fourth dive in the final. What an international debut and great news for Canadian men's diving which is looking to match the phenomenal international success of the women's team.
When Despatie clinched the Commonwealth crown it was a heart-tugging scene as team mates and even competitors from other countries hugged and hoisted him on their shoulders. His victory was front page news in Montreal's two French daily newspapers. He was an instant celebrity appearing at televised awards shows and talk shows in Quebec.
Prior to the Games, Despatie won the national 10-metre title setting another record as the youngest ever Canadian male diving champion. He also holds Canadian records on all three boards in two age group categories.