TEENAGE Sheffield diver Georgia Davenport is setting her sights on long-term Olympic glory after being selected to represent Great Britain at the 2011 European Junior Diving Championships next week.
The chance to compete at the games, held in Belgrade, Serbia, came about after the 14-year-old from Woodhouse made the national finals at the British Senior National Diving Championships earlier this month.
Her achievement is all the more remarkable as the Birley Community College pupil has been diving for just two years!
“Diving is an exciting and challenging Olympic sport that requires a high amount of skill, bravery and determination,” she says. “It’s my passion, and my goal is to one day compete at the Olympic Games.”
Nikki Smith, Georgia’s coach at City of Sheffield Diving Club, said: “Georgia began diving less than two years ago, when she was talent spotted due to her physical potential and gymnastic background and invited to attend a trial with one of the programme’s elite coaches.
“Since then, she has progressed rapidly in the sport and now trains in the City’s Elite Development Diving Squad, six days per week. Georgia also attends a training session on one weekday afternoon, where she trains alongside Sheffield’s full time Olympic divers.
“She is a very talented young athlete and demonstrates great potential for the sport of diving. To make the national final in the British Senior National Diving Championships was a fantastic achievement for an athlete that has been diving for less than 2 years.
“It is our goal for Georgia to target international representation at the 2012 European Junior and World Junior Championships and, long term, to progress onto representing Great Britain at a senior level at major events including the 2016 Olympic Games.”
Georgia’s success, however, has come at a price, and she is seeking sponsorship to enable her to continue training.
“The skilled nature of the sport of diving entails a vast amount of time and financial commitment from my family and me,” she said.
“I am required to pay monthly training fees of £45.00, an annual club membership fee of £90.00 and competition entries fees for each event that I enter, which range from £8-£12 per board.
“In addition I am required to fund my own transport and accommodation in order to attend all competitions, the cost of most chaperoned trips is £250. Competing in the sport involves travelling to local, regional, national and international events, almost all year round.”
Georgia will then travel to Spain next month to compete in the Barcelona Open International. To find out more information about sponsoring her, contact her mother Lynne on 07779 269547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.