SASI duo thrive under World Cup spotlight

SASI duo thrive under World Cup spotlight

Competing for Australia against some of the world's top divers at the World Cup in Wuhan, China, proved tough but rewarding for SASI athletes Brodie Scapens and Matthew Carter

IT'S been a hectic time recently for SASI athletes Matthew Carter and Brodie Scapens with diving commitments bobbing up everywhere, the most recent being their trip to China for the World Cup.

The duo, members of the 12-strong Australian team, saw first hand the depth of talent from some of the top athletes in the world as they competed in events between June 1 and 10.

Earning their places on the team after excellent results at the Australian Open Championship, the duo did enough in Wuhan in synchro events to be invited to compete in world series events this year.

A top-six finish in China in the mixed 3m synchro for Matthew with Queenslander Georgia Sheehan saw the pair seal their world series invites.

The Year 12 Pembroke School student, 17, said it was a fantastic eye opener in China.

“I had never been to China before but the whole experience was amazing,’’ Matthew said.

“It was my first World Cup and to watch the very best in the world and to see how they went about their routines and preparation was great.

“You can see just how much work you need to put in to make it to a high level. The top divers’ techniques are amazing.’’

After a very short rest Matthew was back in training at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre with his next big target not far away – the World Junior Diving Championships in Kyiv, Ukraine, between July and 29.

A successful competition there would see the young champ grab a place on the Australian team for the Youth Olympics in Argentina between October 6 and 18 this year.

Brodie also competed strongly at the World Cup with a top-six finish in the 10m synchro with Victorian Annarose Keating.

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