Tak­ing the dive paid off for Kyle

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 -

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.”

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