Commonwealth Games Diver Brittany O'Brien

Photo of Brittany O'Brien diving
12 April 2018

Mr ALISTER HENSKENS ( Ku-ring-gai ) ( 16:27 :27 ): Australia's swimmers have dominated the Commonwealth Games headlines this week, but now it is the turn of the diving team to take over the pool. One of its members is Brittany O'Brien, a 10-metre platform diver, who will be competing in both the individual and synchronised events. Brittany's interest in diving began when she started school at the Pymble Ladies College [PLC] in 2008. She credits living on the North Shore and the program offered by PLC for her current sporting career. Brittany made her Olympic Games debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. She had earlier come third at the Australian Diving Championships and therefore failed to qualify, but received a late call-up after one of her teammates was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.

Brittany then qualified for the semifinals of the 10‑metre platform and finished a very creditable fifteenth overall. Brittany won the Commonwealth Games selection trials in December last year and, with the exciting opportunity of representing her country on home soil, she is unashamedly aiming for both a personal best score and a medal. When she is not working on her diving, Brittany studies graphic design at the Western Sydney University. I wish Brittany good luck in the finals tonight, for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, and beyond.