SASI's top divers set to step up Tokyo Olympics dream

It's all systems go  for SASI's leading divers as they crank up preparations for the world cup trials later this year with the big-picture of competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

SOUTH Australia's elite divers will face a busy few months as they aim to be at their best at the Australian Open Championship at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre between June 6 and 9, 2019.

The championship, which incorporates a world cup selection trial, is a key stepping stone to qualify for the Australian team which will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

SA-based national diving coach Rick Schavone, an Olympic coach and mentor/coach at Stanford University, California, with outstanding success for 36 years, said there were exciting times ahead for the athletes with Olympic Games potential.

Currently his squad consists of the top bracket of SASI athletes in Matthew Carter, Lily Foster, Macie Wheeler, Kate Rosman and Nikita Hains (from Western Australia). Star athlete Brodie Scapens has taken up a four-year scholarship in Miami but is still part of the SASI/national program. He is expected to compete at the world cup trials and major events during his overseas stay.

"I will miss Brodie but for him to get the scholarship was a very good situation," Schavone said.

"I really connected with him during the short time I got to know him and am very optimistic about how he will go and what he can do when he competes.

"Our team in Matt Carter, Lily Foster, Macie Wheeler, Kate Rosman and Nikita Hains have plenty of upside with Matt being probably one of our biggest players (talents) in the country.''

Schavone took over the national position from Michel Larouche in 2018.

SASI coach Aurelie Gibson has charge of the next tier of athletes with the aim of developing them into the top bracket of divers in Australia and internationally.

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