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Twitter Interview with Alexander Despatie - 11/05/12

#cgf10qustions is our Twitter interview series, where each month we speak to Commonwealth athletes about their lives, ambitions, training routines, motivations the lot!

We don't just do it for fun (although asking Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie whether he's hit his head on a board, or English Badminton world champ James Willstrop what strings he prefers, is pretty funny, as well as interesting).

No, we do it because we love sport, and we're incredibly proud of our Commonwealth athletes, and we want you to have the chance to find out more about them.

So read on, and don't forget to chip in with your own questions!

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@thecgf: Live Twitter interview with Alexandre Despatie starting in 5 mins - #cgf10questions (http://t.co/GVN0xTBn) http://t.co/hEyGfUiT



@thecgf: Hi Alex! #cgf10questions. n #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: Good morning! :-)n #cgf10questions



@thecgf: This is a live Twitter interview with diver Alexandre Despatie on #cgf10questions. #cgf10questions



@thecgf: How is training going? #cgf10questions #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: Training is going very well! I'm physically in great sheap and in a big training period and things are really good right now #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: the games are coming close and every day counts at this point so im glad im able to have a quality training at this point! #cgf10questions



@thecgf: Great! You won 9 diving golds at the CGs confident you can add a gold to your two Olympic silver medals? #cgf10questions #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: hehe thats a tough question! it has been a dream of mine to win an Olympic gold medal and right now more than every im doing #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: EVERYTHING in my power to be at best during the games! i believe in the hard work pays off and i hope things go my way at #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @thecgf: Great! You won 9 diving golds at the CGs confident you can add a gold to your two Olympic silver medals? #cgf10questions #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: the games this summer in beautiful London! #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @ADespatie: the games this summer in beautiful London! #cgf10questions



@MOIXAClothing: Hi Alex, Which one of your performances means the most to you and why?n #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @MOIXAClothing: Hi Alex, Which one of your performances means the most to you and why?n #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: well both of my Olympic silvers have been special of course.. also my 3 gold medals at world championships.. #cgf10questions



@thecgf: Hi @MOIXAClothing - good question, thanks 4 joining in! #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @ADespatie: well both of my Olympic silvers have been special of course.. also my 3 gold medals at world championships.. #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: ive been fortunate to have a career with a lot of great moments but one of my favorite ones has to be my gold at CG in 1998! #cgf10questions



@thecgf: Alex, you've already competed at London's aquatic centre, what did you make of it and the Olympic Park? #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @thecgf: Alex, you've already competed at London's aquatic centre, what did you make of it and the Olympic Park? #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: it was the very beginning of my international diving career and helped my olympic dreams grow even stronger! #greattimes #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: The pool in london is just amazing! its big but not too big..its beautiful and simple.. very easy for orientation in the air #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: which is something very important for divers!! i have no doubt there will be unforgettable moments in that pool this summer! #cgf10questions



@thecgf: Interesting, what do you mean by 'orientation in the air'? Can you tell us how that works? #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @thecgf: Interesting, what do you mean by 'orientation in the air'? Can you tell us how that works? #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: when we spin around doing all the dives our eyes remain open to know where we are in the air and come out of the position to #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: enter the water.. sometimes certain pools are too dark or to bright and it makes it difficult to do so.. but the London pool #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: is just perfect! #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @ADespatie: is just perfect! #cgf10questions



@thecgf: You're a very tricky dive for the Olympics, on a 1-10 scale how hard is it and why have you chosen to do this? #cgf10questions



@thecgf: You're working on a very tricky dive for the Olympics, on a 1-10 scale how hard is it and why have you chosen to do this? #cgf10questions



@Glasgow2014: @adespatie how's training going, are you doing anything different? We're hoping you've got your sights set on @glasgow2014 #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @thecgf: You're a very tricky dive for the Olympics, on a 1-10 scale how hard is it and why have you chosen to do this? #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: its a forward 4 1/2 in a tuck position..its a very hard dive physically and i need to be relaxed on the board to do it well #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: but i believe its a necessity at this point since the level of diving just keeps rising and most guys use it now and do it #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: very well! so if i hope to be in the race for a medal ill need to do this dive very well! #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @ADespatie: very well! so if i hope to be in the race for a medal ill need to do this dive very well! #cgf10questions



@netklout: Good luck with that- can't wait to see it. Apart from the 4.5, are there any other new dives brewing in the sport?n #cgf10questions



@Russ_Mullo: @thecgf @ADespatie what percentage of your total training do you spend in the pool #cgf10questions



@thecgf: RT @Russ_Mullo: @thecgf @ADespatie what percentage of your total training do you spend in the pool #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @Russ_Mullo: @thecgf @ADespatie what percentage of your total training do you spend in the pool #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: i would say at least 75% of training is in the pool! the rest is spent doing physical training to be stronger on the board! #cgf10questions



@thecgf: @thecgf This is a Twitter interview with Alexandre Despatie @adespatie nI'm tweeting with Alex - over half-way throughn #cgf10questions



@thecgf: @thecgf When you step out onto the diving board do you feel nervous? How do you mentally prepare? #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: ive never been a very nervous guy on the outside! my trick is to talking to myself in my head! remind myself of what i have #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @thecgf: @thecgf When you step out onto the diving board do you feel nervous? How do you mentally prepare? #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: to do to have a successful dive! of course there is always a bit of nervousness but good breathing and keeping focus is key! #cgf10questions



@thecgf: @thecgf What's your best advice for a young diver? #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @thecgf: @thecgf What's your best advice for a young diver? #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: in any sport or art that one does they HAVE to love what they do!! its the one and thing that will give you the drive and #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: dedication and perceverance to do the work and eventually be at your best! #cgf10questions



@thecgf: Great advice, we'll put that on our homepage! ;-) Are you looking forward to Glasgow 2014? #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @ADespatie: dedication and perceverance to do the work and eventually be at your best! #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @thecgf: Great advice, we'll put that on our homepage! ;-) Are you looking forward to Glasgow 2014? #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: haaa Glasgow 2014 is far away for me to think about.. but i know that they will be great games.. im not sure where #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: i will be at point in the future but if im still diving i will do my best tomake the CG another incredible time in my life!! #cgf10questions



@Russ_Mullo: @thecgf @ADespatie have you ever hit your head on platform #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @Russ_Mullo: @thecgf @ADespatie have you ever hit your head on platform #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: i have not hit my had on the platform! thats a great thing! ;-) diving is a high risk sport so we have to be focused at all #cgf10questions



@thecgf: RT @Russ_Mullo: @thecgf @ADespatie have you ever hit your head on platform #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: times to make sure these things don't happen! #cgf10questions



@thecgf: Hope you never do as well ;-) You've said you're interested in more acting/presenting, is that your post-sports career? #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @ADespatie: times to make sure these things don't happen! #cgf10questions



@thecgf: @thecgf Last question from us by the way - I know you need to get back to training! #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: it is definitely what i want to do when im done with diving! i have a growing passion for it and i cant wait to give #cgf10questions



@Russ_Mullo: got one more :) @thecgf @ADespatie what other sports interested you when you were young #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: it a go and put the work and the time because i know its a hard field to get into.. but i didnt get to where i am in diving #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: by not working very hard and i will do so in my second career for sure!! im very much looking forward to it!! #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: thank you very much for this! it was very fun and i hope everyone enjoyed! see you in London this summer and hopefully #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: on the big screen in the future!! :-))) #cgf10questions



@thecgf: Really appreciate your time - it's been a pleasure talking to you and good luck @London2012n #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @ADespatie: on the big screen in the future!! :-))) #cgf10questions



@cgc_jcc: RT @thecgf: Really appreciate your time - it's been a pleasure talking to you and good luck @London2012n #cgf10questions



@ADespatie: thank you very much! it was my pleasure! #cgf10questions



@thecgf: Thanks again Alex and everyone who chimed in today. #cgf10questions



@thecgf: Don't forget you can get updates on Alex's progress by following Alex @ADespatie and the CGF @thecgf #cgf10questions



@_Melissa247: @thecgf @ADespatie #cgf10questions - fantastic idea to engage with your audience and make the athletes more personable!



@thecgf: @_Melissa247 @thecgf #cgf10questions Thx Melissa, we're learning as we go, but this does work well, especially as... #cgf10questions



@thecgf: @_Melissa247 @thecgf #cgf10questions ...the athletes can do it from a mobile, iPhone, in the middle of training etc. #cgf10questions



@thecgf: @_Melissa247 @thecgf #cgf10questions Hope to see Alex be as successful @London2012 as he's been at the Commonwealth Games! #cgf10questions



@thecgf: Thanks for joining #cgf10questions, join us in June when we'll talk to another @london2012, and @glasgow2014, hopeful. Bye! #cgf10questions


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