New South Wales Institute of Sport launches International Diving Programme
World class divers Melissa Wu and Scott Robertson have joined the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) as part of the newly established diving International Training Programme (ITP), led by NSWIS Diving Programme Head Coach Chava Sobrino, it was recently announced.
Wu, who claimed a silver medal in the women’s synchronised 10m platform at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and Beijing Olympian Robertson relocated from Queensland to join Olympic gold medallist Matthew Mitcham and dual Olympian Alexandra Croak at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
After winning silver in Beijing Wu experienced mixed results in 2009 and is keen to start fresh in 2010, with the focus for the year being the Commonwealth Games in New Dehli, India.
Robertson has long been one of Australia’s premier male divers and will continue his stellar career by joining the ITP. He has a history of diving with Mitcham. The pair has experienced success at a junior level, winning silver at the 2004 Junior World Championships in the synchronised 3m springboard.
All four athletes will be under the tutelage of Sobrino, who led Mitcham to Olympic gold and Croak to her second Olympic Games appearance, as well as former NSWIS athlete Loudy Tourky to bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
“There are two main benefits for establishing the international training programme,” said Sobrino. “One is that it increases the quality of the divers in the programme. This then motivates the younger divers as they are training shoulder to shoulder with world class athletes. “Secondly, having world class athletes in the programme assists in articulating the correct form and technique to the younger divers in the squad. I often had to rely on video footage and diagrams to communicate that information. Seeing the correct technique and form will allow the younger divers to absorb the information quickly.”
The NSWIS team will take their first steps towards Commonwealth Games selection at the three-day Australian Diving Championships starting at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on January 22, 2010.