Taking the dive paid off for Kyle
A TEENAGE diving talent who could represent Great Britain at the Rio Olympics has been nominated for a Pride of Bucks award.
Kyle Kothari, from Amersham, juggles his academic studies around a gruelling 32-hour a week training schedule, which involves him commuting to and from Crystal Palace.
The 17-year-old has been nominated anonymously for the Rafe Chiles Award.
The nomination said: “Kyle’s love is diving, which he took up after displaying a natural talent for gymnastics. His ability, combined with his inherent determination and drive, have seen him achieve a great deal for someone just 17 years of age.
“He remains very grounded and selfeffacing, totally focused on his goals. A wonderful
Rafe Chiles award (under 18) nominee – sponsored by Evolution
role model for other aspiring youngsters and truly inspirational.”
Kyle has rapidly made a name for himself after taking up diving just four years ago.
The Dr Challoner’s Grammar School student said: “There was a message to my school about a talent spotting. The school gave it to me, they knew I had done gymnastics before and thought I would be good at it. I went along to the trials and they picked me.”
Since then he has gone on to win a string of medals including gold at the 2014 European Junior Diving Championships and bronze at the World Junior Championships in Russia last September.
Last October he was selected on to Podium Potential Group by British Diving for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with the possibility he could make the 2016 diving team.
Kyle now has Rio firmly in his sights. He said: “That’s my goal at the moment. I am injured at the moment but I’m hoping to get back into training soon.”
Earlier this year he received the Chairman’s Award in the Chiltern District Council Youth Award. With his latest nomination he said: “It feels good to be recognised for what I do.”