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Diver Profiles - Mathew Helm

 

 
 
 
Event: 10m Platform Individual & 10m Platform Synchronised
 
Date of Birth: 09/12/1980
Lives: Brisbane, QLD
Height: 170cm
Club:  Hunter United Diving Academy, Newcastle. NSW
Institute:  Australian Institute of Sport
 
Coach: Hui Tong (2001 - Present)
 
Years on national senior team as of 8.8.08:
Ten
Secondary Education:
Capalaba High School, Capalaba, QLD
Tertiary Education:
Certificate 4 in Personal Training, FitLink, Woolongabba, QLD (completed 2004)
 
Career Highlights:
Winning silver and bronze Olympic medals (Athens, 2004)
Winning two gold commonwealth games medals (Melbourne, 2006)
 
Olympic Games:
2000 Sydney
2004 Athens
 
Olympic Results:
2004 Athens - 10m Platform (2nd), 10m Synchro (3rd)
2000 Sydney - 10m Synchro (5th), 10m Platform (8th)

Recent Results:
- 2nd (10m Platform); 1st (10m synchro with Newbery) - 2008 FINA Diving Grand Prix (Fort Lauderdale, USA)
- 2nd (10m synchro); 7th (10m) - 2005 World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
- 5th (10m synchro) - 2008 World Cup (Beijing, China)
- 1st (10m); 1st (10m synchro) - 2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne, Australia)
- 3rd (10m & 10m synchro) - 2006 FINA Grand Prix (Sydney, Australia)

Interesting Facts:
A gymnast from the age of six, injury prevented his career continuing so at 13 in 1993 he started diving. The following year he competed at his first Junior Nationals and in 1995, aged 14, at the Junior World Championships where he finished top eight in the platform event. Awarded an AIS scholarship in 1996 he moved to Brisbane to train with the National Squad under coach Salvador Sobrino.
 
He won his first Open National title in 1999 and was selected for the 2000 Olympic Games, partnering for the first time with Robert Newbery in the 10m synchro event. They have been National Champions in the event since 2003, except in 2007 when both had retired.
 
Helm won Australia's first ever individual medal (bronze) in men's diving competition at the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.
 
Competing with a broken thumb Helm managed to snare the 2003 World Champion title in the 10m synchro event with partner Robert Newbery. At the Athens Olympic Games, Helm won silver (10m Platform) and bronze with Newbery (10m synchro).
 
Helm retired after the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the same decision taken by his team mate and long time synchro partner Newbery.

Helm's passion for the sport was rekindled when he was an ambassador for the diving team competing at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2007. Looking for gold to add to his Olympic collection he returned to training in early 2007.

A stress fracture in his ankle sidelined Mathew from training and it wasn't until the 2008 National Championships that he returned to competition, the first time since 2006. He and Newbery (who had also returned to the sport) were selected for the 2008 World Cup in Beijing, finishing 5th. Helm broke his thumb again during competition and was unable to compete in the 10m event.

Mathew coaches diving and plays his guitar and writes songs like his father, who is a musician. 
 
 
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