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Diving team announced for Beijing

Posted May 27, 2008 15:26:00
Updated May 27, 2008 16:05:00

Australian diving team for 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Australian diving team for 2008 Beijing Olympics. (ABC: Jonathon Hall)

A mix of Olympic veterans and new talent will represent Australia in the diving pool at the Beijing games in August

The nine member team was announced this afternoon and includes husband and wife Robert and Chantelle Newbery along with 16 year-old Melissa Wu who will make her Games debut.

Chantelle Newbery in coming out of retirement to compete in China and says she is looking forward to adding to her Athens gold medal.

"I didn't come back to try and make the team and miss out, so it's really good to be able to be nominated as part of the team and now I think the hard part's over and I can just concentrate on getting my preparation right and getting closer to those medals," she said.

Alex Croak also made the team and becomes the 13th athlete to represent Australia in two different Olympic sports.

Croak competed for Australia in Gymnastics at the Sydney Olympics before turning to diving and says she cannot wait for Beijing.

"I am very excited. I do sometimes have to pinch myself and think oh my gosh I can't believe that this is actually happening now after the four years I've been diving and training really hard for," she said.

Men: Mathew Helm (10m platform individual, 10m platform synchronised), Matthew Mitcham (3m springboard individual, 10m platform individual), Robert Newbery (3m springboard individual, 3m springboard synchronised, 10m platform synchronised), Scott Robertson (3m springboard synchronised).

Women: Alexandra Croak (10m platform individual), Chantelle Newbery (3m springboard individual), Sharleen Stratton (3m springboard individual, 3m springboard synchronised), Briony Cole (3m springboard, 10m platform synchronised), Melissa Wu (10m platform individual, 10m platform synchronised).


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