AT four years of age, Nathan France was fascinated with diving, but was told he would have to wait another four years to join a diving club. It was worth the wait.
Nathan went on to succeed in several diving competitions and championships and now, at 17, has taken home the silver medal at this year’s state school diving championships.
Nathan told the Diary diving has always been his favourite sport, but he can’t put his finger on why.
“I don’t know what really drew me to diving because I was only four. I was really young and I just kept doing it because there’s something about it that I really enjoy. I guess I just really like doing the flips and that sort of thing,” he said.
The Warrandyte High student also made the Victorian team and travelled to Adelaide to compete in Nationals this year.
Nathan is the only diver in his family. His mother Rosalyn is proud of her son’s achievements.
“He has always made it to the diving finals for school sports and I’m always proud of him,’’ she said. He’s always very relaxed, calm, and he doesn’t panic and he never gets stressed before he takes a dive.
He was interested in diving since he was a baby. When he was young he was the one that was playing in the pool and all he wanted to do was dive.”
Nathan is involved with the Ringwood Diving Club, training five sessions a week while completing his VCE.
His tips on achieving the perfect dive?
“There’s your jump, there’s your balance on the board then there’s the rotation. Your posture is also really important because it affects the rotation of the dive and it affects how the dive looks. If you’re standing up with a good posture you rotate faster and also the dive looks nicer.”
Nathan’s ambition is to turn his silver medal streak into gold for his next event.
Published in the June 2012 edition of the Warrandyte Diary.
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