What a month spending my holidays overseas in Germany. I love representing my country and was extremely grateful once again to have been selected as part of the Australian junior team to compete in the Dresden Youth International event April 20-23rd.
This annual event is the second biggest junior diving competition on the calendar, second only to the World Junior Diving Championships, which takes place every 2 years and which I was fortunate to also compete at last year.
A total of 26 countries attended this event in Dresden, which saw the top junior divers in Europe and top diving nations from around the world compete. I was selected to compete on platform and I was aiming to improve on my performance from Dresden last year. A year on and an improved optional dive list resulted in a 90 point international PB for me to finish 2nd in the preliminary rounds. I was so happy with my performance.
The final is only three dives-your optionals- with your score from the first 4 rounds of the preliminaries carrying over. My front 3 and a half pike dive went a little short in the final and I dropped to 12th but then nailed my last two dives to finish 6th overall which I was so pleased to do amongst the world’s best junior divers.
I had a blast with the team and am very excited to compete back home in my very first open nationals alongside some of the Australian senior team who have been my idols since I started diving not so long ago.