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Rossland diver’s dedication results in podium spot

Rossland diver’s dedication results in podium spot

By Sawyer Klassen

Author: BC Winter Games/Saturday, February 27, 2016/Categories: 2016 BC Winter Games, Diving

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Photo: Andrew Sibbald with his White Rock-based coach Lisa Martin

Andrew Sibbald’s extreme commitment to diving paid off Friday with a silver medal at Penticton’s BC Winter Games.

The Rossland resident spends most of his time training alone, as his nearby community pool doesn’t have a diving club. Once a month, Sibbald travels to the Lower Mainland to practice with the South Surrey White Rock Divers.

“Andrew is super dedicated, most of my other kids wouldn’t do that,” said Lisa Martin, his White Rock coach.  “He trains really hard by himself, we try to give him all the pointers we can while he’s up in Trail.  He comes down once a month, learns some new dives and then goes back up there to perfect them.”

His dedication paid off with his second place win in three-metre drive on Friday.

“It’s very exciting, because coming into this competition there were a lot of pretty good divers that I haven’t dove with in a long time,” Andrew said.  “I was really worried, but getting second place was exciting.”

Andrew had an ambitious goal for the Games, to score more than 200.  Not only did he win silver, but he also managed to reach that goal scoring a 200.3. 

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