It is such an honour to represent your country and being chosen to do just that was not only a dream come true but a highlight of my short career so far. Pulling on an Australian costume for the first time was amazing and I will never forget how that felt. I was fortunate enough to travel with my own coach, who was also selected for the tour, and a bunch of amazingly talented junior Australian divers of varying ages and experience who were so supportive helping to make this experience so memorable. As a team we were successful in winning the Amsterdam Cup, doubling the points of any other nation, and I got to witness some fantastic performances from my team mates. My best result in Amsterdam was making a final of the 3m springboard event and finishing 4th. Personally I learnt a lot about myself and competing internationally for my country, especially in Dresden where nerves and pressure certainly come into play when I was no longer a “big fish” in a little sea. The Dresden Youth International was tough and I struggled a bit, but was happy to bounce back to be within 10 points of the 3m final in a very tough field. I am grateful to have been given this opportunity to see exactly where I am at and where I need to be. The drive to be better and improve personally is the biggest thing I took from this experience and I can’t wait to get back into the pool striving for my next goal and a chance to do it all over again.
Until next month,