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From rookie to world champion in little over a year, few in any sport have matched the meteoric ascent of Rhiannan Iffland, the FINA Best Female High Diver of the Year. A silver medal at the FINA World Cup in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and the ultimate accolade of world champion made 2017 a phenomenal year for the Australian.


FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

Women’s 20m
FINA World Cup

Silver Medal

Women’s 20m

How important for you is this recognition – FINA Best Female High Diver of the Year?

It is a great honour to receive this award. Especially being the first Australian in high diving. I believe it’s a great opportunity to really show off high diving to Australia and show just how amazing the sport is.

How would you summarise your season?

It has been a long season and I’m very proud of my diving and my 2017 season. It’s been tough this year with injuries, so it’s time to wrap up the season, recover and recoup, and gather ideas for next year.

Besides your victory in Budapest, what is the strongest image you retain from the World Championships in Hungary?

It was a great display of sportsmanship and it was great to see the spirit of the championships, especially in all the athletes and people of the city. In the sport of high diving, the relationship between the athletes is like no other sport, all the athletes support each other, which is an incredible feeling and so nice to be a part of.

Do you follow other aquatic sports? Do you look forward to meeting FINA stars from the five other aquatic disciplines?

Yes. I enjoy all water sports. But, of course, coming from a diving background I’m still very passionate in following the diving. I also love water polo and I have always followed swimming. The atmosphere in the Aquatics Centre during the swimming at the World Championships sent shivers down my spine.

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