Brittany O'Brien - Olympian 2016
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS ( Ku-ring-gai ) ( 16:12 :45 ): She was resigned to watching her beloved diving disciplines at the Rio Olympic Games from her lounge room at home while surrounded by textbooks and studying for her Higher School Certificate. But that has now changed for a Pymble Ladies College [PLC] student who at the weekend got the phone call of a lifetime—a call to join the Australian Olympic diving team in Brazil. Unfortunately, it came about because of a shoulder injury to her friend Brittany Broben, who has had to withdraw from the team. Eighteen-year-old Brittany O'Brien will compete in the 10-metre platform diving competition in Rio from 17 August, giving her just over a fortnight to travel to Rio and become familiar with her surroundings. Brittany began her love of sport as a gymnast but switched to diving eight years ago—a decision she no doubt celebrates, as do her supportive family and her proud school, PLC. We wish Brittany every success and most of all we encourage her to enjoy the experience. It sure beats doing the trial HSC with the rest of her year.