Jeremy Bagshaw swims freestyle strokeTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Jeremy Bagshaw


Jeremy Bagshaw first got the chance to represent Canada at the 2009 Junior Pan Pacific Championships before gaining multi-sport games experience at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010 where he won the bronze medal in the 200m freestyle. That was Canada’s only medal in the boys’ swimming events.

Five years later he was part of Team Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games where he helped Canada win bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay while making the finals in the 200m and 400m freestyle events. He went on to make his World Aquatics Championships debut in those same individual events. Bagshaw has now competed at four straight World Aquatics Championships (2015, 2017, 2019, 2022).

Bagshaw’s other multi-sport games experience includes two appearances at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and 2022, as well as competing at the 2017 Summer Universiade. He came home from the 2022 Commonwealth Games with a bronze medal after swimming the preliminaries of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

Bagshaw was a force on the NCAA circuit during his four years at the University of California – Berkeley where he specialized in distance freestyle events and helped the Golden Bears win men’s national titles in 2011, 2012 and 2014, finishing second in the 1650 yard freestyle at the latter.

A Little More About Jeremy

Getting into the Sport: At age 2 or 3 was “thrown” in the pool and just figured out how to swim… Competed in his first meet at age 4 but was more interested in looking at the swimmers in the other lanes than his own race… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of California – Berkeley in 2015 (Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Biology)… Pursuing a medical degree at the University of Limerick in Ireland… Likes trying new food from different countries… Enjoys watching basketball and soccer… Odds and Ends: Personal motto: “Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever”… Nickname: Bugs… Born in his mother’s home country, Singapore; moved to Victoria at age 6 when his father decided he wanted to move back to Canada…

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Youth Olympic Games: 2010 – BRONZE (200m freestyle), 5th (400m freestyle), 26th (100m freestyle), 8th (4x100m freestyle relay), 12th (4x100m medley relay)

Pan American Games: 2015 – BRONZE (4x200m freestyle relay), 5th (400m freestyle), 7th (200m freestyle)

Commonwealth Games: 2022 – 11th (400m freestyle), 17th (200m freestyle), 4th (4x100m freestyle relay), 5th (4x200m freestyle relay); 2018 – 5th (400m freestyle), 5th (4x100m freestyle relay), 4th (4x200m freestyle relay), 17th (200m freestyle)  

Universiade: 2017 – 6th (400m freestyle), 13th (200m freestyle), 43rd (100m freestyle), 7th (4x200m freestyle relay)

World Aquatics Championships: 2022 – 21st (400m freestyle), 11th (4x200m freestyle relay); 2019 – 17th (4x200m freestyle relay); 2017 – 16th (400m freestyle), 14th (4x200m freestyle relay); 2015 – 23rd (400m freestyle), 24th (200m freestyle)

Pan Pacific Championships: 2018 – 14th (200m freestyle), 22nd (400m freestyle), 12th (800m freestyle)