Right attitude sees Sheehan competing against one time idols

THE 28 hours each week Georgia Sheehan puts into training ensure she is always physically ready for her next dive.

But with diving mental preparation is almost as important as the physical side.

"Some do my head in but not physically," Sheehan said of her dives.

"Mentally."

Such as the front three-and-a-half pike.

"It's a lot of somersaults to get into 3m," she said.

To help her with the mental side Sheehan regularly consults with a sports psychologist.

"I always try and stay in the present moment," she said of how she deals with the pressure to perform.

"If you're thinking about what's going to happen or what has happened before: one, you can't change it and; two, it doesn't help me with what I'm doing.

"You need a good mindset, that can drive you crazy.

"And a good attitude, because there's lots of repetition.

"You can't get bored of it."

Sheehan is one of four young divers who have just joined the Australian open squad, joining the likes of Matthew Mitcham and Melissa Wu as Australia's elite divers.

"Mel inspired me to start diving," Sheehan said.

"Which is crazy because now I'm competing against her.

"Having them as role models who are now friends is a bit surreal."

 



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