Bailey Flynn - Diving
Growing up in Adelaide I started gymnastics at the age of 6 but after 4 months the gym closed. Some of the other gymnasts were trying diving, so I decided to give it a go, and turns out I was a natural!
Diving SA put me into a club and 2 months later they asked me to trial for a National Elite Pathway program – which I didn’t make the first time around. One year on and after developing a lot of new diving skills I trialled for the program again, and this time I was successful and started the gruelling task of getting up really early to train!
I have been lucky to be under the guidance of my coach Amber Camron, who has showed me the pathway to success. I have now moved up into the SASI Diving program and am aiming to make the Olympics and junior world cups.
Having previously focussed mainly on platform diving, I have recently changed over to springboard diving under my one of the best world class coaches, Andy Banks, which has proven to be a good decision as I recently won gold at the Australian Junior Nationals held in Sydney after only 2 weeks of training on the springboard.
The best thing about being a SASI Athlete:
Meeting heroes in sport and having all the SASI support team helping you push you way to Success.
My favourite food to fuel me as an Athlete:
Oats and vanilla yoghurt with a bit of honey.
My favourite movie:
Top Gun Maverick.
My favourite colours:
Baby blue green and gold.
My sporting hero and why:
Grant Nel – he is an inspiration to me as I grew up with him in the sport watching him going to the Olympics makes me driven to do the same.
My favourite possession:
My surfboard and skateboard.
The sporting activity I most like performing:
I love to do three metre springboard as I can do harder skills in diving.
If I wasn’t doing my current sport I would like to be:
A surfer because I love the water and the way it moves around me.
The most important things in life:
To enjoy every adventure that comes along because it doesn’t come back.
My ambassador activity tip:
To bring everyone together making sport activities fun in your own unique ways.
My favourite way to keep active:
Walking my dog.
The sport I like watching the most:
I like to watch gymnastics and figure skating as they are just incredible to watch.
What sporting success looks like:
Sporting success to me looks like teamwork with your coach helping to achieve your goal. Not just for the end of your career but everyday.