How it all started…
Andre was born in Scarborough, Ontario on
November 10th, 1994 and raised by his mother Beverley De Grasse in Markham (north of
Toronto). Beverley was a high school sprinter growing up in Trinidad & Tobago
before moving to Canada in her twenties.
Once a promising basketball player,
Andre’s life changed in the space
of 10.9 seconds, the time it took him
to run his first 100m at the York
Region High School Championships
in the spring of 2012. Andre was
convinced by a friend to give track a
try after his high school, Milliken Mills H.S, was
unable to field a basketball team in his senior year.
So De Grasse laced up a pair of borrowed spikes, donned some baggy
and raced to a second place finish at the York Region Championships
without the benefit of starting blocks.
Tony Sharpe, himself an Olympic medalist for Canada at the 1984
stands that day and immediately took Andre under his wing. Andre joined
Academy track club and by the following summer had set a new Canadian junior
Two years competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association
Coffeyville Community College had made Andre a highly-touted recruit, pursued by the
top NCAA track
& field programs. He opted to attend USC beginning in 2014. By the following spring,
De Grasse was a household name after winning the 100m and 200m in a span of 45
minutes at the NCAA Championships with wind-aided times of 9.75 seconds in the 100m
seconds in the 200m.
Live up to the hype
Andre swept the 100m and 200m events in dramatic come from behind
fashion at the 2015 Pan
Games held in his own backyard in Toronto, Ontario. Capping off his
magical 2015 season, Andre represented Canada at the 2015 IAAF World
where he tied for the bronze medal in the 100m. This made him Canada’s first
the event since 1999. De Grasse ran sub-10 seconds in all three rounds of
also part of the 4x100m relay team that won bronze.
Competing in his first Olympics, Andre De Grasse ran a new personal
in the 100m
Rio, to capture a bronze medal behind Justin Gatlin of the USA and Usain Bolt of
Jamaica. In the semi- finals of the 200m, Andre lowered his own Canadian record
running 19.80 before racing to a silver medal in the final behind Usain Bolt. He
win his third medal of the Games, anchoring the men’s 4x100m relay team to a
a new national record time of 37.64.
Despite turning professional and signing a contract with Puma, Andre had
his mother Beverly that post-Olympics he would complete his studies at USC,
just that earning a degree in Sociology. Off the track and with the benefit
roster of corporate partners, Andre has launched the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation, which is committed to empowering youth through sport and education. Andre wants to inspire kids to dream big and support them with access to resources and mentorship.