Learning curve as young gun dives into tough battle

28 Jul 2017

OUTSTANDING young Australian and SASI diver Matthew Carter is ready to take the next step in his sport after lapping up the experience of the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Debuting at the world titles with fellow South Aussie Taneka Kovchenko, Matthew  said it had been a fantastic time in his sporting life.

''I found it the most amazing trip,'' he said. ''It was something I had dreamed about, meeting other athletes from other countries and just the whole event. And the bonding with everyone on our team was very good, the coaches, everyone.''

Matthew did not compete in individual events but paired with Kevin Chavez in the

men's 3m synchro where they made the final, finishing 12th. Matthew and Melissa Wu also competed in the mixed 3m and 10m synchro, again taking 12th place.

But Matthew said there were areas that he and his partner (Kevin) would need to work on.

''To be honest we both thought we could have done better,'' he said.

''We have only competed together once before so there are a few things to get used to.

''We thought our timing and synchro were out a little which we will need to work on.

''I learned so much from the meeting but what I mainly took out of it was to stay focused on what I am doing and not being distracted by things around me like other athletes, the cameras, people etc.

''I still have hopes of making individual events but will be working on getting the synchro right too.''

Matthew has a few days break and then heads to Brisbane (August 5, 6) for a synchro camp where different pairings will be trialled.

After Sunday's training he just might be able to sneak a look on television at the Showdown when his beloved Crows take on Port Adelaide.

More training will follow and then a big end to the year.

''My next big event is the Grand Prix event in November on the Gold Coast and then the Commonwealth Games trials (in December),'' he said.

In the meantime the Year 11 Pembroke School student still has half the school year to contend with.

Not that he is looking too far ahead but there is a big 2018 to come where Year 12 and the possibility of making the Commonwealth Games team will go head to head.

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3m synchro team

Photo credit: Diving Australia