SASI diver anounces retirement
Our South Australian 3m springboard specialist, Samantha Mills has announced her retirement from diving.
Sam overcame a series of injuries through her diving career to impress on the world stage in the women’s 3m synchro event with partner Esther Qin. Her personal career highlights included returning from hip surgery in 2014, winning the women’s 3m individual event at the Australian Diving Open Nationals and winning bronze at the 2015 World Championships in the women’s 3m synchro.
“After qualifying the Australian team the women’s 3m synchro spot for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, it was disappointing not to have competed at the Games but I leave the sport knowing that I’ve given my best and contributed to the success of diving in Australia,” Mills said.
“The decision to retire has been a difficult one, having been involved with diving since 2009 and riding the highs and lows of elite sport during that period, but I feel the timing is right for me to retire from diving and I would like to acknowledge and thank all involved with my pursuing sporting goals in particular my family, partner, coaches, friends, SASI support team and Diving Australia."
“I’m enjoying the break from the daily training routine and reflecting on my career and now look forward to the next stage of my life and utilising the skills that I’ve developed through my time as an elite athlete.” Mills added.
Sam's coach, Michel Larouche said "Sam overcame many obstacles in the past two years during the time I've been coaching her and it made her a stronger person. She's also paved the way for our upcoming divers to aspire and achieve at the world class level and we thank her for her contribution and wish her well as she pursues her goals outside of the pool".