Macie just marvellous on European tour

Rising SASI talent Macie Wheeler performed strongly at key diving events in Germany and Norway recently earning the praise of national coach Rick Schavone

ONE of South Australia's and Australia's promising young athletes, Macie Wheeler, showed her potential with excellent results recently at junior diving events in Germany and Norway.

Macie, 14, a SASI scholar, was a member of the Australian junior team which competed at the International Youth Diving meet in Dresden, Germany, in late April. She then stepped up in Bergen, Norway, from May 3-7, where she won gold in the Girls B platform and silver in the Girls B 1m.

National coach Rick Schavone was impressed with Macie's effort and results.

"It has been a  great two weeks for her," Schavone said.

"She has competed very well and handled the anxiety (of competition) really well.

"She just felt comfortable in her competitions. Dresden (Germany) was a bit tougher but she steped up very nicely in Norway.

"Our focus now will be on the Australian Elite Junior Championships (between June 27 and 30) in Brisbane.

"That will be her aim for now and once that event is over she will then concentrate on open competitions.

"She will be a real player.''

Macie will join SASI teammates Matthew Carter, Brodie Scapens, Ross Todd, Katie Rosman, Nikita Hains and Lily Foster at the Australian Open Diving Championship at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre between June 6 and 9.

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.

Scapens, who has taken up a four-year scholarship in Miami but is still part of the SASI/national program, returns to SA for the nationals and is expected to compete in other major events during his overseas stay.

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