Jeremy Bagshaw Qualifies for 1st Olympic Team at 5th Trials While Finishing Med School

Jeremy Bagshaw had accomplished a lot in his 20+ year career in swimming. NCAA Champion at Cal Berkeley. Commonwealth and Pan American Games medalist. Multiple-time world championships qualifier. But one thing that had eluded him (4 times, going back to 2008) was qualifying for Canada’s Olympic team.

Last month at the Canadian Trials, in what would have been his final race as a competitive swimmer, Bagshaw finished 4th in the 200 free, securing his spot on the Olympic team for the first time. Bagshaw had also just completed medical school in Ireland.

Listen to what the 32-year-old has to say about perseverance and challenging himself to strive for more in and out of the pool. Bagshaw turned his lifestyle of medical school and competitive swimming into a game for himself, always wanting to win the day whether in class or at training. In the end, it worked out well for Dr. Bagshaw, who will be competing in Paris next month.


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1 month ago

This moment for him was unreal to watch! Keep going swimmer’s ….

Genevieve Nnaji
1 month ago

Perseverance award winner

Ryan C
1 month ago

Swimming Canada didn’t even end up using him on the 4×200 last summer. Why take him this time?

Reply to  Ryan C
1 month ago

He was top 4 at trials both times. He didn’t swim because swim Canada didn’t give him the choice to.

Reply to  Highlevelswimmer
1 month ago

Then shouldn’t waist tax dollars on sending him

canada clears
Reply to  Ryan C
1 month ago

canada didnt have mens 8 free relay in tokyo

Reply to  canada clears
1 month ago

He said last summer

1 month ago

Such a good interview and person! Congrats Jeremy! His attitude and motivation are refreshing. He wasn’t swimming for the money….he was swimming for the love of the sport!
The Rome is my favorite outdoor facility. Luckily I have been there several times. Jeremy, go to the top of the stands (the same side as the mountains) and check out the statue garden. Also check out Mussolini’s indoor pool next to competition pool!
Coleman, did you ask him what is next for him and his profession? Residency? Ireland or back in Canada? What is his specialty?
Again, great interview!

Reply to  Diehard
1 month ago

I feel like I saw somewhere that he’s going into Family Medicine and wants to practice out west eventually. But not sure if he needs to do his residency in the same country he did med school in?

Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
1 month ago

no residency does not need to be in the same country as med school.
he’s from the west coast

Reply to  Diehard
1 month ago

How many people do you think are swimming for the money?

Reply to  Meow
1 month ago

Too many! And SwimSwam thinks more should be!

BBQ Billy
1 month ago

Yeah, Jeremy! Congratulations. Go Bears.

1 month ago

Incredible story

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