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of Age Group Divers at the World Cup
Name: Anna Lindberg
Club: Bofors Simhopps Klubb, Karlskoga (City)
Coach: Ulrika Knape-Lindberg, Mathe Lindberg
Years In Diving: 10
I've been diving since I was a kid but for real about ten
My goal right now is the Olympic Games in September. My way
to get there is through hard work and some competitions. That
means that I will have to keep on training for at least 25
hours a week. My training will be diving, gymnastics, strength
and running. Being together with my friends is also very important
Name: Timo Westgaard Klami
Club: Kristiansand Stupeklubb
Coach: Ragnar Klami
Years In Diving:10
I have been diving for ten years but I started playing at
the boards two years before I started in the diving club.
After I had been diving for two years I had a 6-month break,
but since then I have never thought about quitting.
My goal is the Olympics either in Sydney or Athens. My goal
in Athens is the final. The way I train is either in the water
or in the gym training my strength. I train ten times a week.
I also like to go to the movies with my friends and other
stuff. Itís important for me to be with some friends when
I have time off.
Name:† Sarah Soo
Club:† Crystal Palace Diving Club, London
Coach:† Alex Bagiu
Years in Diving: 8
I started diving when previous World Champion, Chris Snode
approached me after I was trampolining.† At the time I was
also doing other sports such as swimming and was in training
at the Royal Ballet.† However it didnít take me long to realize
that it was diving that I really wanted to do, so the other
sports had to go.
My first international meet was the European Cup in 1997,
which I didnít dive too brilliantly in, but it gave me great
experience and inspiration to learn the dives that I didnít
already have, from other seniors like Irina Lashko.† From
learning those dives I was able to compete and it was a completely
different feeling when I was chosen to represent at Junior
Europeans.† I won a gold medal on 1m and a bronze on 3m.†
The great thing about my first Junior International was that
nobody expected me to achieve anything, and I was able to
successfully able to defend my title the following year.†
My family is really supportive, and I know if they had a chance
they would be diving for me!!† †I guess I am lucky, because
a lot of divers I know just donít have the support that they
could use from their family.
I think diving for me is a different life, my best friend
has never actually seen me dive, but understand everything
and support me.† I think itís nice to have something other
than diving so itís not your whole life, which is why I chose
to continue at college rather than becoming a full time athlete,
although as long as I continue to love the sport I wonít be
quitting any time soon!
Name: Craig Gaffney
Club: Parramatta / New South Wales Institute of Sport
Coach: Chava Sobrino and Russel Butler
Years In Diving: 5
|I decided to go to diving as a holiday activity
through tumbling/trampolining. After three years of doing both
sports and winning national titles in both I decided to do diving
over tumbling because is an Olympic sport and is more exciting.
In 1998 I was offered a scholarship for the New South Wales
Institute of Sport and I accepted. I stress fractured my back
three times but I still managed to compete at World Juniors
in Pardubice. My goals for 2000 and beyond are to be to accepted
into the Aussie team for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the
2004 Olympic Games. In my spare time I like to spend time with
my mates however I can, this is important because it helps me
keep in touch with my social side of life.
Name: Christian Brooker
Club: Central Newcastle/New South Wales Institute
of Sport Australia
Coach: Chava Sobrino and Russel Butler
Years In Diving: 9
My goal was to be in the Olympic team for Australia (Sydney
2000) to compete in front of a home crowd but recently I have
been plagued with injuries such as a punctured lung and a
broken elbow. I was very frustrated but after lengthy conversations
with my coach I have soon realized that I am still young and
have a lots of diving years left in me. Now I have set my
sights on the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the
2004 Olympics in Athens and to get some REALLY big dives,
even bigger than I have now, hehe.
My 28 hours per week in training consists of early morning
starts and late night finishes and school fits in somewhere
in the middle of the day. On a serious note I do diving specific,
weight training, fitness, and dry land training.
To keep in touch with the rest of the world I love to go
out and party with my mates. I also love reading, surfing
(on the net), going to the movies, and going to the beach.
Oh yeah, STAR WARS rulz! ďTry not. Do, or do not. There is
no try.Ē Yoda - Empire Strikes Back.
Name: Heike Fischer
Club: SC DHfK Leipzig e.V.
Coach: Margit and Uwe Fischer
Years In Diving: 11
I have been diving for 11 years.I came to the sport of diving
because of my parents.They are coaches.And my mother was the
European champion on 10m platform 1977.
My best international results are the first place at the
European junior championships on 1m 1999.the first place at
the European-Cup on 1m 1999 and the second place at the Internationaler
Springertag in Rostock on 1m and fifth place on 3m 1999.
My ultimate goal is to go the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney.But
it is very hard.I have to train much and must learn more difficult
dives if I want to make the German Team.I train 11 times per
week where is included water training,gymnastics,weights and
some games for example soccer.
In my free time I like to spend the time with my friends
and boy-friend because they are very important to me.
Ganz liebe Gruesse an meine Trainingsgruppe.Es macht viel
Spass mit euch zu trainieren.
I think it is enough from me. BYE...
Name: Vera Ilyina
Club: Cougar Diving Club, Houston Texas
Years In Diving: 19
I came to diving because I loved water so much and was too
short for swimming. I wacthed diving at the 1980 Olympics
in Moscow and fell in love with the sport. I was 7 back then.
My goal from the beginning was to win the Olympic Games.
I hope to achieve my goal at the 2000 Olympics. I was very
close to winning the gold in 1996 but it did not happen. I
have competed in the last two Olympics and acquired lots of
international experience to win the gold.
At the 2000 FINA World Cup in Sydney me and my partner Yulia
Pakhalina won the synchronized diving on 3m. Both of us were
very happy about our performance especially because we beat
the chinese. It was the first world cup synchronized event
that chinese did not win. We think it was a good start for
our pair since we only trained together for 10 days. The meet
overall was very intense.