New­comer Mil­lie to take on world’s best

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

Al­though Mil­lie Hall took up div­ing just last year, the St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege stu­dent is al­ready mak­ing a splash.

Af­ter winning the 1 me­tre spring­board ti­tle for 12 to 13-year-olds at the Auck­land secondary schools cham­pi­onships in April, Mil­lie has been se­lected for the Pan Pa­cific School Games in Can­berra this month. The Green­lane teen is one of three 13-year-old girls who will rep­re­sent New Zealand against around 60 girls from 40 other coun­tries.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing,” she says.

“I didn’t think I would be go­ing be­cause there are a lot of girls com­pet­ing in my age group.”

She dis­cov­ered div­ing af­ter classes were held at St Cuth­bert’s dur­ing lunch breaks last year.

“I’ve al­ways liked the wa­ter and I swim as well. And I like bounc­ing on the tram­po­line so it’s a mix of the two.”

As a rel­a­tive new­comer to the sport, Mil­lie plans on stick­ing with the spring­board but is keen to try the con­crete plat­form as she gains ex­peri- ence.

North Har­bour div­ing coach Lisa Rivers says Mil­lie has the right phys­i­cal and men­tal at­tributes to suc­ceed.

“You keep your eye out for cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics and she’s quite out­go­ing.

“She had the strength and body con­trol so we in­vited her to join our club.”

Ms Rivers says Mil­lie has plenty of raw tal­ent to work with. “I have high hopes for her with the way she’s im­proved. She’s def­i­nitely learned the dives a lot quicker than other peo­ple.”

Mil­lie will also rep­re­sent Auck­land at the Dive New

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Mak­ing a splash: Diver Mil­lie Hall will rep­re­sent New Zealand at the Pan Pa­cific School Games in Can­berra later this month.

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