DWA Athletes at World Masters

Published Mon 07 Aug 2023

World Aquatics Masters Diving Champions in Fukuoka, Japan



Diving WA have two phenomenal talents in Sarah Watson and Eliza Cole, currently competing in the World Aquatics Masters Diving Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, from 2 to 7 August. The event is open to Athletes aged 25 and above and is held immediately after the FINA World Championships, in the same host city, each year. The 14 age categories cover athletes from 25 to 100 years old. 

Both Sarah and Eliza had an exceptional competition, with both gaining podium on all three boards!  They proved a formidable duo in the Womens Synchro events, winning Gold in the 3m and Silver in the Womens Platform, missing Gold by only 0.63 of a point!.

A huge congratulations to Kim Hynynen-Furler, who has coached these women to an exceptional competition.  Fittingly, Eliza acknowledges the late Bruce Prance, OAM, in helping her achieve her goals.

  • Eliza Cole competed in the 35 to 39 year age group.

           Womens 1m springboard            Silver     245.55                6 dives

           Womens 3m springboard            Gold      280.20                 6 dives

           Womens Platform                         Gold      286.50                 6 dives

  • Sarah Watson competed in the 30 to 34 year age group.

          Womens 1m springboard            Silver     247.05                 6 dives

          Womens 3m springboard            Gold      290.65                 6 dives

          Womens Platform                         Bronze  229.80                 6 dives

  • Women Synchronised 3m, 50 to 99 age group.

          Sarah Watson and Eliza Cole       Gold      199.29                 4 dives

  • Women Synchronised Platform, 50 to 99 age group.

          Sarah Watson and Eliza Cole       Silver     173.88                 4 dives


Between them the ladies have brought home 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medals.

These talented women are ensuring the Australian National Anthem is broadcast loudly in the international arena and the Australian flag flies high for all to see.  The World Aquatics Masters Diving Championships prove that diving is a sport for any age!

Congratulations Sarah and Eliza, for an inspirational competition!