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Anabelle
Smith
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Female
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
03 February 1993
Height
168 cm
Weight
55 kg
Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise and Health Science - Australian Catholic University: Australia

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began diving in 2005.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to try diving after watching the sport on television during the 2004 Olympic Games. "It's different and challenging and not many people really know about it."
Club / Team
Victorian Institute of Sport [VIS]: Melbourne, VIC, AUS

General Interest

Nicknames
Belle (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 07 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman. (thesportsvault.com.au, 14 May 2012)
Injuries
In October 2015 a rib injury forced her to pull out of an event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 26 Oct 2015)

She crushed her finger in a gym training incident in 2013. She returned to the sport in June that year, having been out of the water for three months. (au.sports.yahoo.com, 02 Jun 2013)

She sprained her ankle in December 2008. (thesportsvault.com.au, 14 May 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Success rewards hard work and determination." (aimforthestars.com.au, 29 Mar 2011)
Awards and honours
She received the Sarah Tait Spirit Award at the 2016 Victorian Institute of Sport Award of Excellence evening. (Victorian Institute of Sport Facebook page, 01 Dec 2016)

She was named the 2009 Australian Junior Elite Female Diver of the Year. (Australian Commonwealth Games Team Handbook, 2010)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied algebra and trigonometry through Open Universities Australia and the University of South Australia. "The confidence study provides me in knowing that I can continue to grow my career when I retire from elite sport is really comforting. Studying online has enabled me to pursue my studies and be overseas to compete at the same time." (open.edu.au, 20 Apr 2017)

CRUSHED FINGER
In 2011 she was in the gym at the Victorian Institute of Sport in Melbourne, Australia, where she was doing calf raises off a box. The box collapsed and the middle finger on her right hand fell between the weight plates in the machine. Every ligament was cut in half, while the tip of her finger was held on by just a few millimetres of flesh. She required three months of therapy before she could return to the water, and had to wear a hand brace for a further five months. "They didn't tell me [it was gone forever], they told me I'd done a good job and we can fix it. I don't have full movement in that finger. It doesn't really stop me doing anything." (heraldsun.com.au, 29 Jul 2014)

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