I’ve been lucky enough to have a bit of a chat to A-Squad diver Lauren Flint to get a bit more of an insight into life as a diver and I’ve learnt SO much!
Fun Facts About Lauren!
Q. What is your fave Amanzi suit?
A. I love all, but my all time favourites are any one with tie backs!
Q. What is your fave dive height?
A. My favourite height to dive off at the moment is the 3 meter springboard, however it does change sometimes to 1 meter. I love to dive off the higher platforms as well, but unfortunately I am still recovering from wrist surgery, so hopefully I will get back up on the platforms soon.
Q. What is your fave dive?
A. My favourite dive at the moment would have to be reverse 2 1/2 pike, off 3 meter springboard
Q. Individual or synchro diving?
A. I do and love both!! My current synchro partner trains in Adelaide, so regular trips are made possible for practise.
Judging a dive is just as complex as you’d think! For an individual diver there are seven judges that score between 0 and 10. Then the top two and the bottom two scores are discarded and the remaining scores are averaged… THEN multiplied by the degree of difficulty of the dive! For a syncro dive there are 11 judges who are assigned different parts of the dive to judge. The judges consider four main criteria: the approach and starting position; the takeoff from the platform or springboard; the flight through the air; and the entry into the water. Technical much?!
How did you get into diving?
I was originally doing gymnastics at my school, where school diving lessons would also take place 1 – 2 times per week. I thought diving would be a cool sport to try and was told that I should give it a go. Then one day the school diving coach mentioned a trial that was happening with NSWIS for diving, so I went and trialled and was successful in getting through to a talent in development elite squad. Since then, I haven’t stopped loving it and have been training in an elite squad, wth some of the best coaches and best athletes within the sport.
What does a typical training week look like?
Morning training happens on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday where it is from 6am – 7:30am (depending on what time you need to leave for school), except on Saturdays where training is from 7am – 9am. Two mornings consists of weights and strength and conditioning in the gym, and the other two consists of somersaults, drills and technique. Afternoon training is basically every day after school, starting at roughly 4pm – 6:30/7pm. This is where we are in the water, focusing on learning new dives as well as improving the ones we compete.
How many different types of dives are there? Can you explain them?
In diving there are 6 different groups of dives/skills. These include forwards, backwards, reverse (facing the water but spin backwards), inward (facing backwards but spin forwards), twisting (mainly forwards, backwards and from handstands), and the last group is handstands/armstands which are only performed on the platforms.
How do the degrees of difficulty work?
To be honest, I am not completely sure! However… as the dive progressively gets harder (more somersaults/more twists), the degree of difficulty will increase.
How many dives do you do in a competition?
It varies depending on what competition and what stage/level of diving you are at. For me personally, I perform roughly 9 dives, at junior comps, and 5 dives at open (senior) comps.
You have to submit your dives before the competition, how do you choose the dives you are going to do?
Normally, my dives that I submit for each competition don’t change, and are the ones that I train the most. However, if one particular dive isn’t going that well, I am able to slightly alter the list of dives I submit by either taking it out (when not needed), or by replacing it with another dive.
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