Aussies Divers Looking for Minimal Splashes on Quest for Birmingham Gold

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The Australian Diving Team is set to take on their closest rivals as they head into competition at Birmingham’s Sandwell Aquatics Centre.

 

The Australian Diving team comes off a string of recent successes at the Australian Open Championships, Calgary’s Canada Cup, and the 2022 FINA Diving World Championships after a prolonged hiatus to international competition.

At the last edition of the Commonwealth Games Australia picked up 11 medals in diving events, enough to top the medal table ahead of England (8) and Canada (6).

Seven divers make their Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham including Charli Petrov, the youngest member of the 433 strong Australian Team.

Petrov is set to compete in the Women’s 10-Metre Synchro event alongside Australian diving icon Melissa Wu who makes history in Birmingham becoming the first Australian diver to compete at five Commonwealth Games.

In the same event two other debutants, Emily Boyd and Nikita Hains, partner up in their first major multi-sport event as a pairing.

Tasmanian Emily Meaney makes her Games debut in the in the Women’s 10-Metre with Sam Fricker and 3-Metre Synchro partner Shixin Li both competing for the first time in Commonwealth competition.

 

 

Fresh off his fourth-place finish at the 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest, rising star Cassiel Rousseau debuts in the Men’s 10-Metre Individual and Synchro.

Alongside Wu, a cohort Gold Coast 2018 Gold Medallists in Domonic Bedggood, Georgia Sheehan, and Esther Qin will look to recreate their success from the previous Games.

Brittany O’Brien returns to Commonwealth competition, however this time as a springboard athlete in the same event as World Champion Maddison Keeney who dives in her third Games.

Springboard specialist Anabelle Smith joins the exclusive four-Games club when she partners with Bedgood and Keeney in the Mixed and Women’s 3-Metre Synchro events respectively.

Diving events will run for five days beginning on Thursday 4 July.

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