Hains shines at Oceania titles to grab Olympic quota
SASI athlete Nikita Hains showed her diving prowess by taking out the women's 10m platform at the Oceania Diving Championship in New Zealand, earning Australia an Olympic quota in that event for Tokyo
SOUTH Australian based divers are ready to have a real crack at pushing their names forward for the Tokyo Olympics on the back of an excellent 2019 and potential for more improvement in 2020.
National Head Coach Rick Schavone said he was rapt with the development of the SA athletes with the recent top showing from SASI athlete Nikita Hains giving the program plenty of confidence.
"Nikita's been training really well and really wanted this," Schavone said.
"She's as good as anyone and a real contender to make Tokyo.
"Her diving has improved a great deal in recent months and we are definitley hoping she will land a spot on the Tokyo team.
"Our next goal is the World Cup trials the first week in February.
"My team is training and diving really well, it's going to be a lot of fun and hard work.
"We are definitely excited about the Olympic year. It has been a really good year for diving here with four of the five new people in the national team from South Australia."
Hains, 19, won the women's 10m plaform at the Oceania Diving Championship in New Zealand which secured Australia another quota (berth) for the Tokyo Olympics.
Champions Domonic Bedggood and Li Shixin were the other athletes to secure quotas in individual events.
With a swag of World Cups and Grand Prix events and Olympic selection events in the next few months there will be more chances to secure quotas for Tokyo.
At this stage all individual events have secured at least one quota, while the Aussies are yet to grab any of the synchro positions on offer in the men's and women's 3m and 10m events.
Meanwhile, rising star Kate Rosman's hard work paid off when she was named in the national squad for the first time.
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