No Youth Games medal but Carter ready to launch into a big year ahead
01 Nov 2018
MATTHEW Carter didn't return home with a medal he was eagerly pursuing at the recent Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, but says the experience was another key building block in his aim to make the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
Carter, who turned 18 in September, finished fourth in the men's 3m springboard final in Argentina, less than eight points behind Russian bronze medallist Ruslan Ternovoi.
Despite being so close to the podium Carter said it was another key experience in his development.
"I was hoping to medal and was probably disappointed not to but overall I was happy with my fourth placing," Carter said.
"It was a different competition and something I hadn't been used to, competing against people around my age.
"I go away from the event with more experience in another country and will have a chance to look at my techniques and mindset, getting into the right mood and focus in the lead up to my dive.
"I am finding all competitions bring that something different and providing a different experience. New countries are good to see and to take things in.
"At the moment I will have a bit of time off before my next event."
Carter is expected to compete in next month's FINA Grand Prix event on the Gold Coast between November 15 and 18.
He also is looking forward to the next six weeks where his Year 12 commitments soon will finish.
Next year he says will have more time to get "stuck into a few more competitions''
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