THE call of the pool and high platform performance has seen one Myaree resident spring away from a national competition with two silver medals.
Kathleen Sullivan started diving at the age of 11, trying the sport at a summer camp and her passion has grown since.
“It’s the rush you get from learning a new dive, or when your coach is happy with your progress,” she said.
“Learning a new dive, when you finally get the feel for it, it is the best feeling in the world.”
From summer camp, she began to train, joining a state squad and eventually ending up in the national talent squad.
Spending two years doing high performance diving, she discovered it was not her style.
Sullivan now dives recreationally but maintains the drive to succeed.
This is what has seen her train three times a week at HBF Stadium, balancing her diving with her second year of physiotherapy at Curtin University so she can make the cut for the annual Age Diving Championships.
The national diving event held every April requires entrants to qualify within their own state to attend.
Sullivan made the trip on April 12 to the Sydney Olympic Pool, five days of competition kicking off following the opening ceremony on April 14.
“It’s really good to talk to divers and coaches from around the country, just to pick up tips along the way,” Sullivan said.
“By the end of the week, we’re all a lot closer.”
At 19, Sullivan recently entered the 19-29 masters age group for competition.
She returned home to Perth with a silver medal in the 3m springboard and the platform event.
“I really want to see if I can progress from that,” she said.
For future competition, Sullivan hopes to continue to learn fresh dives with her long-term goal being to make it to Open Diving Championships.
“You want to try new things and surprise some people,” she said.