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Rachel Wins Gold

Rachel Foord came First in 3m and Second in platform at the Conference-USA championships for FIU over the weekend - great diving Rachel! Click here to see an interview with Rachel

Results form Age State Championships - 16 divers Qualified for the Australian Age Championships to be held in Melbourne in April!

3 of our divers (Naomi Fitzgerald, Olivia Roche and Daniel Crain) also qualified for the Australian Junior Elits Championships to be held in  Hobart in June

RDC results from the 2018 Victorian Country Championships / Peter & Patricia Morgan Memorial Meet held on 19-21 January in Muldura:

Naomi Fitzgerald competes in Commonwealth Games Trials!

Naomi Fitzgerald, one of our top divers and our current Club Captain competed in the Commonwealth Games Trials in December 2017 at the venue the Games will be held in April. Although Naomi did not make the team, for her the experience was invaluable. Naomi reached the finals of the Ladies 1m event and according to her coache, Jorgen Schelleman, Naomi divers 'out of her socks!" Jorgen was delighted with Naomi's performance.

News from Scotia Mullin, University of Wyoming

America has been an amazing opportunity for me. It has allowed me to grow as a person as well as take my diving career and allow it to aid my academic success. I am now in my sophomore year at the University of Wyoming and I have elected to Study Anthropology with an emphasis on culture and disease as well as Geography. So far I have really enjoyed my classes but it can be hard to balance diving and exams, I am currently sitting 4 major exams in two days as I have to leave for more athletic related events.

Things have gone really well for me in diving. With the assistance of my coach and the University of Wyoming Swim and Dive Program I was able to win conference on both one meter and platform and break the conference record in prelims and then break my own record again in finals. I also won a silver on three meter and won Diver of the Year for the Western Athletic conference. Although the next week I went to zones and hit both of my arms from the elbows down on my final dive of NCAA qualification for one meter. Unfortunately I had to pull out of both springboard events but managed to qualify on ten meter! At the NCAA's Division one level I managed to place 14th as a freshman and earn all American Honours. In my school department I also won Cowboy Athlete of the Year and Diver of the Year. Wyoming has shown me that adversity is an important aspect of life and that there are more than one way to skin a cat. You don't have to be amazing at diving or academics to be able to use them to support the lifestyle you want to lead.

Currently in Wyoming it is -20 degrees Celsius and has a similar climate to Siberia in the winter. I also live at an elevation similar to that of the highest point in Australia. Some amazing things that you get to experience is where your eyelashes freeze or your hair freezes so hard that it snaps off, you realize that after -25 even when it gets to -45 it still just feels the same- really,  really cold. I have ventured against blizzards to make it to classes and taken three steps backwards and two forwards against the wind. I have explored the labyrinth of tunnels that wind through my school when it’s too cold to go outside and I have seen water freeze before it hits the ground; incredibly crazy.

Some of my activities include skiing, hiking, hanging out with friends and going to university social groups. Since being in America I have been to small Podunk towns and huge one’s going to Vail where the Kardashians Ski, Colombia, Missouri, Kansas City, Indiana, all over California, Texas and many more places it would take too long to write down. I have also tried a wide range of food including elk, moose, ostrich, alligator, deer and antelope. I have experienced some violently American things like Thanksgiving, learning how to swing dance, wearing plaid, and learning the lingo.
Overall it has been a pretty extraordinary life!

How can you be considered for a US College? See Scotia’s advice below:

For someone who would like to follow in the footsteps of Rachel, Maddy or I there is a few helpful hints that I would like to give.

  1. Get started early- It’s important that you take the initiative in putting yourself out there. Email coaches, set up a YouTube channel and compete in as many competitions as you can! There is no shame in rejection and it will happen but do not let it discourage you!
  2. Research, Research, Research- This is probably the most important part. Make a list of things that you want such as your major, the weather, the type of culture and position within the United States, pick your absolute minimum scholarship amount and don't settle for anything less. It is important that you know exactly what you are in for. For me I wanted a school that would appreciate me as an individual person as well as an athlete, who allowed me to study anthropology and allow me to have experiences I have never had before and will never have again.
  3. Ask about trips- Some universities will pay for you to come out and view their school.
  4. Dive hard but study harder- Academics are really important in college athletes
  5. Make a life worth watching.

If anyone has any questions for me I can usually be reached on Facebook or via email


Results For PSG 2017!

Ringwood Diving Club has presented an astounding performance at this year's Pacific School Games! Congratulations to all who competed and well done to all for your participation alone.

Alicia Bryant

Benjamin Wilson

Billie Bennett

Charlie Petrov

Daniel Crain

Kynan Whitehead

Mia Bagiartakis

Naomi Fitzgerald

Olivia Roche

Piper Bennett

Sabine Keenan

Shailey Reeves

Sophia James

William Whitehead

Below: Team Vic and Team RDC


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Anabelle Smith - RDC Life Member

Dual Olympian Anabelle Smith claimed Australia's fifth medal of the Rio 2016 Games in the 3m synchronised springboard event, alongside Olympic debutant Maddison Keeney. The duo finished on 299.19 points, behind Chinese gold medallists Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia and Italy’s Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape in silver. The pair were in fifth place heading into the last round before their fifth and final dive, a forward two and half somersault one twist pike, put them into medal contention in third. With only Canada left to dive, Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware’s final dive score of 47.28 wasn’t enough to push Keeney and Smith off the podium, with the Aussies holding on by one point.

Smith claimed bronze in the 10m synchronised event with Bree Cole at the 2010 Commonwealth Games before partnering with Sharleen Stratton in 2011. The pair won the 2012 nomination trials to secure a berth at the London Games.

Smith, who was 19 in London , and 25-year-old Stratton finished in fifth in the synchronised 3m springboard event- less than 12 points off a medal as China claimed the gold.

James Connor - RDC Life Member

At 17, James Connor was the youngest male in the Australian diving team at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Connor contested the 10m platform after finishing second to Matthew Mitcham at the Australian nomination trials. In London, Connor finished 20th in the preliminary round and narrowly missed a berth in the semi-final. James also competed in the 2016 Olympic Games, ending 15th in the Platform event.

In 2010 Connor was the youngest Australian male ever to compete in the 10m Platform at a Commonwealth Games when he finished ninth as a 15-year-old. James hopes to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Jaele Patrick - RDC Life Member

Jaele Patrick made her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Competing in the 3m springboard event, Patrick was the final athlete to qualify for the semi-final after finishing 18th in the preliminaries. In the semi-final, Patrick repeated her tightrope act and qualified 11th out of the 12 athletes to make the final. She went on to finish 11th in the final with compatriot Sharleen Stratton fifth and China’s Minxia Wu claiming gold.

The dual 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist took up a sports scholarship at Texas A&M University and beat the best divers in the US College system to win the NCAA Championship before earning her spot to compete at the London Games.

Grant Nel - RDC Life Member

After diving for 19 years, South African-born Grant Nel made his Olympic debut at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre in Rio in the men’s 3 metre springboard. His selection came after a strong performance at the Australian Open Championships where he was crowned National Champion. In Rio, Nel performed strongly in the preliminary round, finishing 16th on 395.05 points, to make it through to the semi-finals where he finished 15th overall on 368.35 points.

Nel switched from gymnastics to diving when he was nine, after he broke both his hands. He then trained in the school pool in South Africa under their national coach until he moved to Australia.

Mid-way through 2015 he made the move to Adelaide to train at the South Australian Institute of Sport, with National Coach Michel Larouche, as part of his Olympic preparation.

He comes from a strong sporting family, with his mother representing South Africa in gymnastics at the World Championships.

Nel won a bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a bronze and silver at the 2014 Commwealth Games.

Grant spent 4 years at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas on a full Diving Scholarship.

Grant retired from diving in August 2017 after a full shoulder reconstruction

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