Funding Springboard For Diving Waitakere
Based at Henderson’s West Wave Pool, Diving Waitakere is one of only two Auckland-based diving clubs. The club delivers world-class springboard and platform diving training for children and adults in West Auckland and beyond.
A recipient of $20,930 of funding in the Million Dollar Mission, Diving Waitakere has put the money towards securing the club’s future.
We’re very fortunate out West to have access to the top–class facilities at West Wave.
Diving Waitakere’s Michelle Wilkinson explains, ‘West Wave is the premier diving facility in the country. The diving pool is in great demand. We have to compete with the likes of water polo and synchronised swimming and there are only so many slots to go around.’
‘The Million Dollar Mission funding has meant that we can pay the pool hire fees upfront and so reserve our spot for the whole year. It’s given us much-needed certainty over our timetable and means we can guarantee classes to our 300 members.’
That’s great news for all the budding young divers out West. Club members include the likes of Olympic and Commonwealth Games athlete Lizzie Cui who has already qualified to represent New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics.
Olympic hopeful, Shaye Boddington, is an inspirational example. Shaye’s a mum who returned to diving after she quit when a teenager following a struggle with an eating disorder. She has made a successful comeback and attended the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 World Championship team.
And another club member hoping to qualify for Tokyo is Henderson local, Nathan Brown. The country’s number one springboard and platform diver, Nathan has represented New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games.
Diving is a relatively small sport in New Zealand but Michelle has been overwhelmed by the support given to the club.
‘The Million Dollar Mission helped us to really engage with the diving community. We received votes from divers throughout the country. The daily total meant that supporters could see tangible results which was fantastic.’
Another welcome benefit of taking part in the mission has been the increased profile it’s given the club. Michelle says that membership enquiries have gone up and there’s been more interest in diving as a sport.
‘The Million Dollar Mission has been great for our club,’ says Michelle. ‘We are really grateful for the opportunity and would like to thank all those who supported us.’
The future of diving out West is certainly in safe hands with Diving Waitakere. And we wish all the Olympic hopefuls the very best over the coming months as their preparations hot up.