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Year Awarded: 2016
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Georgia Sheehan - Diving

Sixteen year old Georgia Sheehan is a former gymnast who joined Diving Australia’s National Talent Identification Program (NTID) at the age of 9 and has become an accomplished diver on platform and primarily springboard.

Georgia was elevated from the NTID Program to the Queensland Academy of Sport Program during 2013 and is currently coached by Olympic Silver and Bronze Medallist, Mathew Helm. 

During her 6 years in the sport Georgia has won several National Junior titles, was named Most Outstanding New Talent in 2011, Junior C Female Diver of the Year in 2012 and Junior B Female Diver of the Year in 2013 & 2014. Georgia was also a member of the 2011/12 Emerging Squad and the 2012/13 & 2013/14 National Junior Squad. In April 2015 at the Open National Championships, Georgia qualified for the senior National Squad for the first time.

Since her 1st International meet in 2011, where she placed 1st & 2nd in her events, Georgia has gone on to represent Australia, as an individual & a synchro diver, on a number of occasions – including at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Russia where she won a Gold, Silver & Bronze medal, including Gold in the individual 3m event and the senior FINA 2015 Madrid Grand Prix, where she won the Silver Medal in the Women’s 3m. 

Georgia was also the youngest member of the 2014 Australian Commonwealth Games team, turning 15 two weeks prior to the event, where she placed 4th in the Women’s 1m springboard.

Mentor:  Natalie Cook OAM

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