Divers make a splash at con­test

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sports - By CAITLIN TILLER

THIR­TEEN ath­letes from Div­ing WA re­cently made a splash at the 2016 Aus­tralian Age Div­ing Cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney.

The club, based at Beatty Park Leisure Cen­tre and the WA Ath­let­ics Cen­tre, came home with 16 medals, Age Club of the Year and Ju­nior Coach of the Year.

Div­ing WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Steven Rose said it had been a few years since WA had won the award, which caters for divers as young as 11 through to the over-50s cat­e­gory.

“It’s cer­tainly been a very suc­cess­ful cham­pi­onship for us, lead­ing to big­ger and bet­ter things in WA.

“Div­ing in WA has come a long way and now we’re start­ing to see re­sults with kids in­volved tak­ing it to the next level.”

Divers com­peted in­di­vid­u­ally and in syn­chro­nised dives from 1m and 3m spring­boards.

Mr Rose said ju­nior diver Sam Tulk (12), coach and diver Mercedes Carnevali (19) and diver El­iza Cole (29) were stand­outs at the cham­pi­onships.

Mt Clare­mont res­i­dent and UWA stu­dent Carnevali said she had pri­ori­tised coach­ing this year.

“It’s a re­ally big hon­our. I’ve com­peted in it be­fore, but I’ve never had peo­ple I’ve coached en­ter (the cham­pi­onships),” Carnevali said.

“I coach al­most ev­ery day. Be­cause of that, it’s hard for me to train, so I put coach­ing first over train­ing.

“It’s the at­mos­phere and the peo­ple who you do it with that makes it fun.

“I wouldn’t have re­ceived the award if it wasn’t for the kids I coach and all their hard work.”

Carnevali has been ac­cepted to work in a gym­nas­tics coach­ing sum­mer camp in New York this June.

As well as con­tribut­ing two gold and two sil­ver medals to the club’s medal haul, West Leed­erville res­i­dent Sam was named Boys Diver of the Year.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell d453164

Mercedes Carnevali and Sam Tulk.

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