About Me

About Andre

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.

Milliken Mills High School

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.


OFSAA

So De Grasse laced up a pair of borrowed spikes, donned some baggy
basketball
shorts
and raced to a second place finish at the York Region Championships
without the benefit of starting blocks.

Coach, Tony Sharpe

Tony Sharpe, himself an Olympic medalist for Canada at the 1984
Olympics, was
in
the
stands that day and immediately took Andre under his wing. Andre joined
Sharpe’s
Speed
Academy track club and by the following summer had set a new Canadian junior
record
of 10.25.

Two years competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association
for
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
and 19.58
seconds in the 200m.


A few things from my journey…

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Live up to the hype

Andre swept the 100m and 200m events in dramatic come from behind
fashion at the 2015 Pan
Am
Games held in his own backyard in Toronto, Ontario. Capping off his
magical 2015 season, Andre represented Canada at the 2015 IAAF World
Championships in
Beijing
where he tied for the bronze medal in the 100m. This made him Canada’s first
world
medalist
in
the event since 1999. De Grasse ran sub-10 seconds in all three rounds of
competition.
He
was
also part of the 4x100m relay team that won bronze.

 

Never let success go to your head, never let your failures go to your heart


Competing in his first Olympics, Andre De Grasse ran a new personal
best
in the 100m
final in
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
went on
to
win his third medal of the Games, anchoring the men’s 4x100m relay team to a
bronze
medal in
a new national record time of 37.64.


Despite turning professional and signing a contract with Puma, Andre had
promised
his mother Beverly that post-Olympics he would complete his studies at USC,
He
did
just that earning a degree in Sociology. Off the track and with the benefit
of a
growing
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.