Diving has been anything but a flop for 10-year-old Olivia Fox, who represented Warkworth at both the North Harbour Nationals, where she took gold for her category, and at the Auckland Regional Championship where she placed second in the one metre dive.
Olivia started diving in July last year but has already progressed to level three division after qualifying through performing the necessary dives.
Ordinarily, it would take a year to work through each division, however Olivia’s talent and experience in gymnastics has provided an excellent platform for her diving.
Divers are judged based on whether their legs and feet drift apart, how high they jump, and if they follow the correct movements for each dive.
“The secret to a good dive is making sure to always point your toes and don’t flop,” Olivia says.
She plans to continue her diving throughout her school years and hopes one day to compete in the Commonwealth Games.