One of Australia’s most exciting divers, Sam Fricker (diving) combined for a surprise bronze in 3m synchronised with Shixin Li at his Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham. He also finished 10th in both the 3m and 10m individual events. Having a strong background in gymnastics and trampolining, Sam decided to make the switch to diving when he was 11, finding success early on, being named Diver of the Year in the 12-13 category. Fricker’s talent was identified by New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) recruiters and in 2015 he became the youngest ever recipient of the Commonwealth Games Australia NSW Athlete Grant Program. Fricker became the first Australian diver to ever win the Dresden Youth International Diving Meet, winning by nearly 50 points. In 2019, he earnt a place on the senior Australian team, claiming silver at both the Oceania championships and Australian Open Championships in the 10m platform event. Making his Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games, Sam competed in the men’s 10m platform where he placed 28th. Outside of diving, Fricker has become a social media sensation, boasting over a million followers on Tik Tok, he also has a passion for environmental sustainability, creating ‘Sam’s Straws’ a sustainable alternative straw made from wheat.
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