Samantha Mills






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Samantha Mills

Tatachilla Lutheran College

How did you start in this sport
I started in 2009 after my gymnastics coach told me to try it out and see what it's like.

Ultimate sporting goal
Representing Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Proudest sporting achievement
When I won Gold in the 1m springboard final at the 2014 Universiade Games Kazan, Russia.

Best place visited while travelling as an athlete
Can't say I have a favourite but my two most enjoyed trips would have to be Bolzano, Italy and Ft Lauderdale, Florida.

Best advice you have been given
To get up when you are down, to fight more intensely when you are struggling; to put in the extra effort when you are in sheer pain, to come back when nobody expects you to, and to stand tall when everyone is pulling you down - are what makes a champion.

Describe an average training day
At the moment I am recovering from an injury which is limiting my hours of training. In a normal week we would train up to 30+ hours a week which includes 6am - 8am either weights or dryland training then 2pm - 5pm is a bit of dryland then we get in the pool.

What do you do for fun and relaxation
I love heading up to the river, hanging with friends, watching movies and going to the beach.

Favourite sporting hero
Anna Meares.