7 quick questions with Australia’s rising star, Georgia Sheehan, for Out Of Your League

Before Brisbane-based diver, Georgia Sheehan, made her way to the Gold Coast to win gold(!) at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, our Online Content Assistant, Lauren Muggleton, caught up with her to chat about her diving experiences at a young age, the lifestyle she’s developed in this sport, and where she’s headed in the future.

Lauren Muggleton: How did you get into the world of diving, and at what age did it all start?

Georgia Sheehan: My inspiration to become a diver came while watching the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. After watching Mathew Mitcham, an Australian Athlete, win the Men’s 10-meter platform event, I turned around to mum and said, “I want to do that!” I’ve never looked back since. I was 9 years old when I was accepted into the National Talent Identification Program. There, I began training 12 hours a week, but that very quickly developed into 27 hours a week.

LM: You’re currently 18-years-old. How did you find a balance between your commitments during school? Whether that be with diving training, competitions, school work, socialising etc.

GS: Both the primary and high schools that I attended were super supportive. They accepted my training and competition commitments, and adjusted my timetable accordingly. With other aspects of life, I think the most important thing is making time for the things that you care about. I deeply value my social time and rely on my friends to keep me sane! I study interior design at the Queensland University of Technology and I really love pursuing that creative passion.

Training 27 hours a week can be rigorous and tiring, but I love the sport. Travelling the world to do something you love is a pretty nice perk too!

LM: What’s been one of the greatest challenges you’ve faced so far in your diving career?

GS: Recently I was given the opportunity to study full-time in America on a college scholarship. The school I was interested in, The University of Miami, has an amazing program, location, facilities, and lifestyle. It was extremely tempting, and turning that offer down was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. I’m really happy where I am at the moment, and am still very happy that I made the choice to stay home.

LM: Can you tell us a bit about your most recent trip overseas for the FINA Diving World Series 2018?

GS: One of my amazing team mates qualified for this competition following her performance at the 2017 World Championship events. Unfortunately, she got an injury which she had to manage from home, which meant that I got called up to compete in the 3 metre synchronised event. The World Series is a major event in any sport. I found out I was going on this trip two weeks before we flew out, which isn’t much notice, but my partner and I won the silver medal in the 3metre synchro event, which was extremely exciting!

LM: What has been one of your most memorable diving experiences to date?

GS: I don’t think I can pinpoint just one experience or value one more than another!

Every time I have the opportunity to travel and represent my country it is so different and unique.

Some of my favourite countries I’ve visited are Spain, Scotland, and Puerto Rico!

LM: If you had a weekend free of diving and/or study commitments, what would we find you doing?

GS: My ideal weekend would be grabbing my closest friends and driving to either the Sunshine Coast or Byron Bay! Renting a nice Air BnB and spending the weekend strolling the markets, café hopping, and enjoying the sun with a good coffee in hand sounds perfect to me.

LM: What’s up next for you? What are you currently working towards?

GS: Well the Commonwealth Games are my immediate focus. The competition and rivalry is always intense, and of course this time we dive in front of our family, friends, and nation, which will be very special. After the Games, my next milestone is to dive in another Grand Prix event which is in Canada in May.

Be sure to follow Georgia’s social media to keep updated with her competitions and results.

After this interview, she brought home a gold medal at the GC2018 for the Synchronised 3m Springboard Final!


Interview conducted, and piece compiled, by Lauren Muggleton

Edited by Emma Kate Lewis

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