What a month of diving. December began with the Pacific School Games in Adelaide. The aim of this competition is to attract elite school-aged sporting students to participate in a high-level, inclusive, fun and friendly international competition-and it didn’t disappoint. It was so much fun, especially catching up with some of my interstate diving buddies and making some new friends. I picked up five medals from my five events, the highlights taking the gold in both the 15-16 years platform and the 17-19 years synchro event with my partner Liv. This was Liv’s last school event so sadly no more school synchro with her.
My other medals came on the 1m and 3m springboard (silver and bronze) and in the mixed team event (silver). The high point of my week came out of the pool when the NSW divers headed to the secondary boys softball final NSW v Queensland. Was so great to watch a new sport. I gained a new found respect for what others do and we were actually invited down to the dugout which added to the experience. The atmosphere was amazing and I’m sure us divers cheering so loudly helped spur NSW on to come from 2-0 down to take the win.
Flying straight from Adelaide to the Gold Coast for Commonwealth Games trials was definitely an experience my entire squad had been anticipating all year. The first day saw two ambulances called for accidents –one from the 10m platform as well as the springboard and resulted in athletes withdrawing from the competition. In spite of this my training had been going well in the tough outdoor conditions. Unfortunately though, not everything goes to plan. The windy outdoor conditions got the better of me in the preliminary rounds when I landed flat on my back from the 10m tower. My other dives were enough to still see me finish 10th and make the final, but unfortunately my body had other ideas and I was withdrawn from the final with a neck injury. But the aim was to put myself in a position to learn and develop as an athlete and that is just what I did. The 2017 Comm. Games trails were an invaluable experience and I know what I would do differently next time. And that is the key. Learn from your mistakes, refocus, set the next goal and rebound.
And that’s a wrap. Time now to enjoy Christmas.
Merry Xmas AMANZI guys and girls.
Until next year,