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Grant
Nel
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Male
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 April 1988
Height
176 cm
Weight
70 kg
Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Coach, Engineer, Motivational Speaker
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Construction - Texas A&M University: College Station, TX, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving at age 12.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to try the sport at school after he broke both his hands at age nine doing gymnastics. "I actually started as a gymnast, and did that for about seven years before I started diving. It was very easy to pick up."

International Debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Australia
Location
Malaysia

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 17 Aug 2016; RoweyandBicks Twitter page, 16 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian distance runner Craig Mottram, Moroccoan distance runner Hicham el Guerrouj, South African rugby player Bryan Habana. (diving.asn.au, 15 Nov 2012; vis.org.au, 07 Apr 2014)
Injuries
He underwent shoulder surgery in late 2016, causing him to miss the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (ors.sa.gov.au, 30 May 2017)

In October 2015 he was suffering from back pain and it was diagnosed that his L5 S1 lumbar sacral joint in his lower back had shifted a few millimetres and was touching on the sciatic nerve, resulting in a loss of feeling in his right leg. He had to stay in bed for six weeks to recover. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 17 Aug 2016)

He had a shoulder reconstruction in late 2012 while studying in the United States of America. (diving.asn.au, 01 Jun 2013)
Famous relatives
His mother competed in gymnastics at world championship level, representing South Africa. (aggieathletics.com, diving.asn.au, 31 Dec 2008)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from competition in August 2017. (diving.org.au, 17 Aug 2017)

COACHING
In 2017 he took up a diving coach role at the South Australian Sports Institute [SASI]. (revolutionise.com.au, 16 Feb 2017)

FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO AUSTRALIA
Born in South Africa, his family moved to Australia when he was age 12, settling first in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (RoweyandBicks Twitter page, 16 Jul 2016)