02/06/2015 11:25 EST | Updated 04/08/2015 05:59 EDT

Ottawa's Bissett stuns field at Winter Nationals in three-metre dive

TORONTO - Ottawa's Jamie Bissett, at his first Canadian diving competition in nearly three years, won the gold medal Friday on men's three-metre to open the 2015 winter senior national championships in diving.

Bissett totalled a personal best 451.45 points for his first Canadian crown at any level. Marc Sabourin-Germain of Mascouche, Que., took the silver at 420.30 and Montreal's Philippe Gagne was third at 394.55.

"I'm surprised for sure," said Bissett. "It was just a competition that fit in well with my schedule and I came here mostly to have fun and wound up with the best performance of my career."

With his performance, Bissett qualified for the Canadian team for the Canada Cup Grand Prix this April near his hometown in Gatineau, Que., and met a standard to make the Canadian team for the Toronto Pan Am Games as well as the FINA World Championships.

"I didn't expect any of this," he said. "But certainly if I'm asked to go to represent Canada I will be there. I dive because I enjoy it and I don't put any pressure on myself about making teams."

In the women's one-metre final, it was a clean sweep for Montreal's Club CAMO with Frederique Lalonde of Repentigny first, Eloise Belanger second and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu of St-Constant third.

Gagne and Vincent Riendeau of Pointe-Claire, Que., took the men's 10-metre synchro title.