|Club||Matthew Roberts||Southampton diving academy||Southampton||-|
Scottish national championship 2018, 19
|Years diving||USA Diving||AAU|
In the 2017 National Age Group championships I won gold in 1m synchro and silver on 3m. At the National Age Group championships in 2018 I won bronze on 3m and in 2019* I won gold in 3m synchro and 1m and silver on 3m.
I also won a silver medal in the 2017 Croatian summer junior championships in 3m synchro.
I competed at the 2019 Scottish national championships where I achieved PB's on both boards.
*At the 2019 event I competed as a guest due to an accident that happened earlier in that season which prevented me from competing at the Junior Elite Championships that I had qualified for. I also qualified for Junior Elites this year (2020), however this event was cancelled due to COVID.
1m 6 opp list: 105b, 203b, 303b 403b, 5134d, 5233d/405c
3m 6 opp list: 107b, 405c/b, 205c/b, 305c, 5152b, 105b/5134d/5154b
I see this as an opportunity to continue my competitive diving career that otherwise might have to end as many universities in the UK cannot accommodate this sport. Being half Swedish, my longer term goal is to compete for the Swedish diving team and therefore I am very motivated to continue improving and progressing in my sport. Another reason that makes me want to continue my career in a US college is that I know that I have not reached my full potential yet. For the past 2 years I have been unlucky to have had a couple of accidents that have limited my training and kept me out of competitions, which is reflected in my relatively low PB's. Finally, I find the opportunity to study and dive at a US college incredibly exciting and a huge challenge that I am looking forward to.
In my secondary school I was selected as head boy, which came with lots of opportunities where I had to show great leadership.
Also, last year I was voted as coaches diver of the year as a result of my excellent work ethic and being a strong role model to the younger divers in my squad and club.