Newcomer Millie to take on world’s best
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
Making a splash: Diver Millie Hall will represent New Zealand at the Pan Pacific School Games in Canberra later this month.