Carter's gold rush earns place for world championships

SASI athletes performed strongly at the Australian Open Diving Championship in Adelaide with Matthew Carter leading the charge with two gold medals. Ross Todd and Kate Rosman also teamed up to win gold in the mixed 3m Synchro

A FOCUSED and well prepared Matthew Carter saw him win a place on the Australian diving team to compete at the coming world titles after starring at the recent Australian Open.

Carter was the only SASI athlete selected on the 12-person national team after snaring two gold medals - in the men's 3m Synchro with Shixin Li and the men's 3m Springboard where he beat Li and Kevin Chavez.

The FINA world titles will be held in Gwangju, South Korea, between July 12 and 28.

Carter's gold with Shixin was the duo's first pairing after the China-born Shixin became an Australian citizen. Carter previously teamed with Chavez but decided for a change.

"I'm thrilled with how I went," Carter said. "My last few comps overseas didn't go too well. But now I have had a few more comps and feel that I am better prepared. This time I paired with Shixin which seemed to suit my style better after pairing with Kevin (Chavez) before that.

"For now it is hard training, going to the gym and training camps.

I'm hoping to do as well as possible at the world titles. I'm always excited to go away and represent my country.''

SASI athletes also figured strongly at the Australian open. Ross Todd and Kate Rosman snared gold in the mixed 3m Synchro, Todd and Brodie Scapens grabbed  silver in the men's Platform Synchro with Brodie also winning silver in the men's Platform. Rosman and Lauren Flint (New South Wales) won a place on the podium with bronze in the women's 3m Synchro.

The world titles also are a stepping stone for athletes aiming to make the national team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Promising junior Macie Wheeler also is expected to line up  in the Australian junior championship in Brisbane between June 27 and 30.

National coach Rick Schavone, who oversees SASI's top-end divers, said the meeting and results from the SASI squad were outstanding.

"No one could have predicted our results," Schavone said. "It was an amazing meet. Matt (Carter) was sensational, his 504 points is really world class. We got Brodie, Ross and Nikita (Hains) on to national teams, and Kate is one more qualifying score away from making it too. She just believed. Macie did well and is ready for the junior titles. The whole squad was just amazing.''

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