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Yu Qian Goh

Yu Qian Goh

When we first met Yu Qian Goh in 2012, she was a member of Wellington High Performance Aquatics (WHiPA) and was selected to represent New Zealand as part of the Diving New Zealand team - its youngest member.

We caught up with her in 2019 and she's shared what she's up to now

Read about her achievements below:

When did you start diving?

• I started diving when I was 7 years old, once a week, just for fun, with the Wellington Diving Club. In April 2010, I made the switched to Wellington High Performance Aquatic.

How did you get into diving?

• I got into driving with some of my classmates through my school water sport lessons at the Kilbirnie Pool. I was in kayaking at the beginning. When our instructor broke her wrist, we got to choose which other water sport we want to switch to. My friend Maria and I went into diving. The coach (who is the head coach of Wellington Diving Club) asked me to join the club and the rest is history.

How much time do you spend training?


• I train 8 times a week, Tuesday to Sunday, 3 hours a session; so its 24 hours a week. Golly, I have never actually calculated how many hours I train!


• I train on twice a day every day except the weekends. Morning training is around 2 – 2.5 hours, and the afternoon I train for around 3 hours. I also lift Monday, Wednesday and Friday for an hour.

What are your major achievements so far?


• Won the best under 13 diver for the year 2011

• Joint winner of the single highest dive scored for a single dive in 2011

• Selected to represent New Zealand and competed in the Asia Pacific Rim Junior Invitation in August 2011.


• I competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, managing a 4th place in synchro with my partner Lizzie Cui

• Selected to go to China in January 2011 to train with the ShanDong state team

• I have been selected to compete at the 2019 World Championships this July in South Korea.

What are your goals?


• To qualify for the Malaysian Age Group Competition in 2012

• To qualify for the Australian Junior Elite Competition in 2012

• To qualify for any overseas training

• To be the 13 and under Diver of the Year, for New Zealand, 2 years running

• To believe in myself.


• Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

• World Cup 2020

• Compete at NCAAs in the 2019–2020 coming season for USC.

What key things help you succeed?


• Positive reinforcement and heaps of encouragement from my coaches does boost my confidence

• To believe in myself and trust in my coach

• To always remember in training, "Every dive is like a competition dive," so when it does come to competitions I am calm and not panicking and overreacting.


• To believe in myself

• Positivity

• Finding the good in every situation – and learning from mistakes or unwanted results

• To enjoy what you do and put your 100% into all that you do

• Self care: meditation, yoga, daily reminders, writing things on my mirror.

What were some of the major challenges you have faced and overcome?


• Some new dives can be quite challenging but when I overcome my fear of them, I can do it! Also after a long break (I just got back from a month long holiday), getting into some challenging dives takes a lot of nerves!


• Maintaining consistency within my diving and finding my competition mindset. These things take time to find and are always changing so making sure I don’t get frustrated but trust the process and adapt to the changes that are happening in my diving whether that is techniques or mental approaches.

Are you ever tempted to give up?


• Oh Yes. Sometimes when I feel I have had enough! Then I think about all the opportunities and the friends I made in competitions – I can’t get enough of it! I think anything you do, when you are at the high performance level, sometimes you do feel like giving up.


• I think its very common to want to give up. But the love I have for my sport at the end of the day is worth the frustration, anger, and any other negative emotion. At times when you feel like giving up, those are when you're challenged the most to rise up above the feeling and to push through, and you'll come out stronger than before.

Who are some of the people who have influenced you?


• Gabe Armstrong-Scott: I used to chat with her, got tips off her. I feel I will one day get to the Commonwealth Games just like her!

• Ann Sissons: Ex Olympic and Commonwealth Games athlete, now CEO of Wellington High Performance Aquatic. She is always nice and cheerful, gives me big hugs and gives me advice when I need it.


• Gabe Armstrong-Scott: I used to chat with her, got tips off her. I feel I will one day get to the Commonwealth Games just like her!

• Julia Vincent – since being at the University of South Carolina I have had the opportunity to dive alongside Jules. She has been a big role model, someone who I look up to both in her mentality towards the sport and her drive and passion. She always goes the extra mile to make improvements and while it is challenging it is the best experience I have had to train alongside an Olympian and a woman of such strong faith.

How important is the food you eat?

• A well balanced diet is important. Vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre and the odd fast food! Although for me, no matter how much I eat, I always stay the same size!

How do you deal with nerves in a big event?


• I haven’t quite figured this one out yet. I have tried not thinking too much, relaxing and having fun and not listening to other people’s scores or looking at their dives.


• I have been working very hard on my mental strategies in the last few years. I am finally at a place where I know that if I hit techniques then my dives will be fine. I think understanding that I am my biggest critic, and to really focus on how grateful I am for all the opportunities I have to compete at any event I am at, calms me down and makes me feel excited to compete rather than nervous. A few nerves are always good though.

What advice can you give to other kids who want to get into diving?

• Give it a go!

What do you like to do when you're not diving?


• I like to play the piano. I am also a bookworm, I LOVE reading. I also cook sometimes and hang out with my friends.


• I don’t play the piano as much anymore now that I am in uni, but I still like to read, take naps, spend time in the sunshine.

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