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Yu Qian Goh
Yu Qian Goh is 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.
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 Kilbirrnie 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!!
What are your major achievements so far?
• Selected to go to China in January 2011 to train with the ShanDong state team
• 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.