Australian Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist Georgia Sheehan reveals how she and her diving partner Esther Qin defied strong winds to claim gold in the synchronised 3m springboard event and a silver in the individual 1m springboard event.

Georgia Sheehan, almost 19-years-old, has walked away from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with gold and silver medals around her neck. The Brisbane diver has been training for this moment since she was 10-years-old. Like any sport in the Commonwealth Games and Olympics, it is never easy to come home with a medal said Georgia.

It is a very technical and slow sport. It takes time and patience to get it right. It is about having the ability to keep an open mind and absorb all the information. Being prepared to land on my back or belly and then be expected to keep going— it is both a really mentally and physically challenging sport,” told Georgia.

Georgia in her Australian uniform with diving partner Esther Qin. Photo supplied by Georgia.

Overcoming the strong winds in the outdoor diving arena caused much upset to other diving duos, including the second Australian diving pair who both registered a ‘no dive’ in their last attempt. Georgia admitted she undertook specific training in the venue to help deal with strong winds and rain.

It is an outdoor venue so it is an uncontrolled environment, so we had a training camp prior to Commonwealth Games, so we were really prepared as a team. We were ready for anything—wind or rain.”

Despite the glorious win, Georgia admits the gold was very unexpected for them and for the team.

It was a very unexpected win for us, and we were in a lot of shock. You get rushed into a medal ceremony and then media so it didn’t really sink in until after the it all happened.”

The winning dive. Photo: supplied.

Synchronised diving has similar roots in dance. Georgia took ballet lessons to gain control and balance while being on the springboard.

It is such a good tool for me to learn core balance and control. I’m sure we will continue to do ballet lessons as part of our training regime.”

Georgia’s excitement has not vanished from that monumental moment in April. Performing what she has trained for in front of a home crowd is a memory Georgia will keep forever. She admits to looking inside her medal box every so often just to reflect on that moment.

The medals are very heavy and shiny, and absolutely gorgeous!”

To perform in front of a home crowd with my family and closest friends in the stand was amazing.  To have everyone there was really special,” she said.

The diver is training for the upcoming Olympics as well as World Cups and Championships. With plenty more years in the tank, Georgia will not be holding back to achieve her golden goals.

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