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Aquatics Diving History

Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie is set to defend his Commonwealth Diving titles at Melbourne 2006.

Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie is set to defend his Commonwealth Diving titles at Melbourne 2006.

Diving has been in every Commonwealth Games since 1930. The program consists of 1m and 3m Springboard, 10m Platform and Synchronised Diving events for both men and women. The governing body for Diving in Australia is Diving Australia.

In Previous Games

The Australian women dominated all three categories of Diving at Manchester 2002 with gold medals in the 1m Springboard, the 3m Springboard, and the 10m Platform. Irina LASHKO added Commonwealth Games titles to her extensive collection of podium finishes in the Springboard events, while Loudy TOURKY emerged to claim her first Commonwealth medal in the Platform. England and Canada were among the medals in both the male and female competitions, and Canadian young gun Alexandre DESPATIE will this year be set to defend his 2002 Springboard titles as well as go two-up on his Platform bronze from Manchester.

At Melbourne 2006

All Aquatic events will be held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) in Albert Park the venue that will also play host to the Table Tennis and Squash.

The Diving will be well compensated with a 25m indoor diving pool, complete with a 14-board Olympic-standard diving tower. The tower comprises of seven springboards and platforms at 1m, 3m, 5m, 7m and 10m, as well as two half-metre training boards.

Since opening in July 1997, the old MSAC pool has held the Australian Short Course Championships, the Australian Open Championships, the Telstra FINA World Cup, and the 1998 Commonwealth Games Selection Trials.

Recently, a new 50m Outdoor Pool built specifically for the Commonwealth Games was road- tested at the 2006 Australian Swimming Trials. The permanent 10-lane pool, worth over $50 million, was dubbed to be "very fast" by many who competed, and boasts state-of-the-art technology for conducting world class events such as the Commonwealth Games.

The Synchronised Swimming will take place in the 25m indoor diving pool that MSAC has to offer. The pool will provide the necessary 3m depth for this level of competition.

What's New

Synchronised Diving will be introduced to the Commonwealth Games for the first time in Melbourne. Competitors will vie for medals in both the 3m Springboard and the 10m Platform Synchronised events.

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