Commonwealth Games Blogs

It all started with a mistake

Hello, and welcome to the first edition of my blog. A little about me: I'm 25 years old and have been diving for 16 years. I just finished a successful collegiate career, and I'm about to represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games.

Funny thing is, it all started with a mistake.

I began diving in my hometown of Edmonton after my parents put me in the wrong program (they thought they'd signed me up for swimming). I guess it was a good mistake, because this past May I graduated from Texas A&M University as the winningest athlete in school history with 11 Big 12 conference titles.

Even though I never achieved my goal of winning an NCAA championship, my time at Texas A&M was valuable and essential. I graduated with a bachelor of science degree in the field of geography. Some day, I want to teach at a university.

Right now I'm in the process of moving back to Edmonton from College Station, Texas, which is a long drive. Once I'm settled, I'll be giving you some insight into my life and my preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games this October in India.

To qualify for these Games, we had to perform well at our national championships in June in Saskatoon, where I won two gold medals and a bronze. It was a very tough meet for me as I have what's called a ganglion cyst on my wrist, making it very painful to dive. I was supposed to get the cyst taken care of, but because of some complications I won't be having surgery until after the Commonwealth Games.

Competing while injured is just one of the things athletes go through. It's a way of life, you could say.

I'm very excited I made the Commonwealth team, because in 2006 I qualified for the Games in Melbourne but couldn't attend due to university commitments. So this time I'm extra excited and honoured to represent Canada.

I'll be competing in four different events, which is tied for the highest total on the team. I'm entered in the 1-metre, 3m, 10m and 10m synchro (with my teammate Riley McCormick).

Sure, I'll be very busy at the meet, but I've always competed in a lot of events. While many divers now like to specialize, I keep doing as many events as I can because I enjoy what I do and am capable of competing on all boards at an elite level.

Before competing in Delhi, we'll attend a training camp in Qatar. This will help us adjust to the time difference, and also give us a chance to train together as a team.

Thanks for reading. I look forward to writing again soon.