In 2020, veteran national team member François Imbeau-Dulac experienced a year like none-other but was pleased to capitalize on an opportunity to share some memorable moments with his family. He says that has put him in a positive frame of mind to chase a second career berth for the Olympic Games in 2021.
He is planning to complete his degree in communications at the Université du Québec à Montréal as well. He is also studying German and Spanish during the pandemic and admits a love for learning.
He feels his best chance to go to the Games is on three-metre synchro with partner Philippe Gagné, although he will try to snare an individual spot as well. Imbeau-Dulac and Gagné have been a team since 2014 and have accumulated a wealth of international experience.
Imbeau-Dulac made his sole Olympic appearance so far in 2012 where he finished 13th in the men’s springboard event, one spot short of the final. Imbeau-Dulac says that is still the highlight of his career and would love nothing more than to relive that experience in Tokyo.
A national team member since 2007, Imbeau-Dulac credits his love of training as the key to his longevity and durability in high performance sport. He finds nothing more satisfying than to give his all everyday at the pool. He hopes he can find a career that can match the competitiveness and adrenaline rush of diving when he retires from sport.
Imbeau-Dulac is a regular among the top-8 in 3m synchro with Gagné and 3m mixed synchro with Jennifer Abel in the Grand Prix and World Series international circuits, often rewarded with podium finishes. Along with partner Gagné, he won silver at 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia and at the 2015 and 2019 Pan American Games. Paired with Abel on mixed 3m synchro, he climbed on the podium at the 2015, 2017 and 2019 World Championships. He is a five-time world team member.
Imbeau-Dulac was the top-ranked Canadian man in the 3m springboard on the FINA World Series in 2017, 2018 and 2019, finishing fifth overall the last two seasons.
He dealt with multiple hip injuries in 2014, but did compete at the Commonwealth Games and FINA World Cup. He then completely changed his technique, switching the primary leg that powers his takeoff.
He began diving at age nine at Club de Plongeon Rouge et Or in Québec City after watching athletes dive from the 3m at the pool. At the time, he was a competitive swimmer.
In his spare time, he loves to take part in dog shows and competitions, more recently with a Bouvier des Flandres named Salto, who has already won over a dozen prizes. Even though he travels quite a bit with the national team, he loves to travel and takes off as soon as he gets a few days or weeks off to discover new places and cultures. He is also a huge figure skating fan; his sister is a nationally ranked synchronized skater and follows every competition. He admits to knowing more about the figure skaters than he does divers!