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Kevin
Chávez
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
09 July 1992
Height
170 cm
Weight
70 kg
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Marketing - Universidad del Valle de Mexico [UVM]: Mexico City, MEX

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 11.
Why this sport?
His father made a deal with him about which sport he could choose. "When he was a boy, he played football but diving always attracted him. So I told him that the day he scored his first goal, he could choose. That day came, he scored and chose diving."
Club / Team
Perfect 10 Diving [AUS] / NSW Institute of Sport [AUS]:

General Interest

Hero / Idol
Mexican diver Fernando Platas. (oem.com.mx, 07 Nov 2010)
Injuries
He suffered a career threatening knee injury in 2013. He went to Australia to recover from the injury when Mexican coach of the Australian national team, Chava Sobrino, invited him to the country. (theaustralian.com.au, 30 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Being prepared is important, and knowing how to wait is even more so. But taking advantage of the right moment is the key to life." (Twitter profile, 23 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Junior Coach of the Year award at the Diving Australia Age Awards. (agenationals.com, 01 Feb 2018)

In 2013 he received the State Sports Award in Jalisco, Mexico. (informador.com.mx, 14 Oct 2014)
Other information
FROM MEXICO TO AUSTRALIA
Born in Mexico, he switched to compete for Australia after moving there in 2015. He had competed for Mexico at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, and initially went to Australia to recover from an injury afterwards. He had thought about retiring but Mexican diving coach Salvador Sobrino, who had been coaching in Australia, motivated him to rehabilitate his injury and continue training. He ultimately received an invitation from the Australian national diving team to switch nationalities, and competed for his new country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "Since moving to Australia I've experienced a totally different life. I feel so privileged to be training in a fantastic programme, with great coaches and teammates alongside me." (perfect10diving.com.au, 08 Sep 2018; marca.com, 23 Apr 2017; goldcoastbulletin.com.au, 27 Oct 2016; milenio.com, 15 Aug 2016; Instagram profile, 01 Aug 2016; rio2016.olympics.com.au, 04 Aug 2016, 30 Jun 2016)

OCCUPATION
He works as a coach for NSW Diving and Perfect 10 Diving club, and hopes to improve the performance of regional diving talent through his own experience. "If they ask me how to do a certain move I can take my shoes off and show them. They learn so much from watching. In [the] moment, you need to co-ordinate your body and mind to jump, or not to jump. When the body moves, and the brain is not ready, you can put yourself in danger." (perfect10diving.com.au, 08 Sep 2018; abc.net.au, 31 May 2018; agenationals.com, 01 Feb 2018)

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