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Matthew MITCHAM
Sport Diving
NOC Australia   
GenderMen
Born02 Mar 1988 in Brisbane, AUS
Height1.74 m
Weight 67 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French, Mandarin, Spanish
Higher education
Language Studies, Science - Sydney University: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
A former trampoliner, he took up diving in 1999 at the age of 11 at Sleeman Aquatic Centre in Brisbane.
Why this sport?
Growing up in Brisbane, the summers were very hot. He would play around on the diving boards at Sleeman Aquatic Centre to cool down, and was spotted by an Australian Institute of Sport coach who believed he had potential. Soon after he began diving full time, and competed in his first national championship at age 12.
Club / Team
Abbotsleigh Diving Club; NSWIS: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Chava Sobrino
Coach from which country?
Brazil
Coach from what year?
2007
Training Regime
"I never really change the hours I do - just the intensity. I train 11 sessions a week, twice each weekday and once on Saturday. It comes to about 30 hours a week. Sunday's my day off, but I usually spend that doing uni work."
International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships in Montreal
Location
Brazil
General Interest
Nicknames
M'n'M. (diving.asn.au, 31 Dec 2009)
Hobbies
Eating, sleeping and listening to music. (diving.asn.au, 31 Dec 2009)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (MattMitcham.com, 17 Aug 2010)
Most influential person in career
Coach Chava Sobrino, "I have never met anyone who gives his time and is so dedicated to all of us. I have so much respect for him and I feel as though I owe my career to him. He is such an inspiration." (fina.org, 2010)
Hero / Idol
Aussie swimmer Ian Thorpe, fellow Aussie diver Mathew Helm and former US diver Greg Louganis. (diving.asn.au; mattmitcham.com, 31 Dec 2009)
Injuries
He suffered an abdominal muscle injury in April 2011 that kept him out until December. With just two weeks of preparation he returned to win the Australian 10m platform title. (sportsillustrated.cnn.com, 11 Dec 2011)

He hit the platform in a training accident shortly before the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and was forced to compete with his left shoulder heavily strapped. (The Age, 25 Mar 2006)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I'm superstitious about having any superstitions. I do my best to quash any that start creeping up on me." (diving.asn.au, 31 Dec 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"[Diving] is all subjective. You can think it's absolutely brilliant and your coach can think it's absolutely brilliant too, but it's all up to the judges. You can't really know if you've done a great dive." (smh.com.au, 25 Nov 2009)

"I try not to even think of the dives ahead of me or behind me - just the immediate one. You have to stay in the moment." (gq.com.au, 01 Sep 2010)
Awards and honours
He was named 2012 Australian Male Diver of the Year. (olympics30.com, 2012)

He was honoured as Chief of Parade the 2009 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. (smh.com.au, 25 Nov 2009)

He was named 2008 Australian Sports Performer of the Year. (heraldsun.com.au, 31 Dec 2008)

At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games he scored what was at the time the highest diving score in Olympic history to win gold in the 10m platform. (foxsports.com.au, 23 Aug 2008)
Other sports
He has also competed internationally in trampolining, representing Australia at the Youth Olympic Festival in 2003 and winning the double mini apparatus at the 2001 World Junior Championships. (gq.com.au, 01 Sep 2010; MattMitcham.com, 17 Aug 2010)
Other information
STUDIES
He studied Mandarin at the University of Queensland, but jokes that he did not use it to converse with his competitors in Beijing. In 2009-10 he was studying a bachelor of arts-science studies [including French and Spanish] at Sydney University. (smh.com.au, 25 Nov 2009)

HIGHEST OLYMPIC DIVE EVER
At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games he produced the highest scoring dive in the history of the Olympics, to become Australia's first gold diving medallist since Dick Eve in 1924. Trailing China's Zhou Luxin by over 30 points going into the final round, he dove a back two and a half somersault with two and a half twists to score 112.10. He finished with an overall score of 537.95 to beat Zhou's 533.15. (foxsports.com.au, 23 Aug 2008)

GAY ATHLETE
He was one of very few openly gay athletes at the Beijing Olympic Games. "In the past I thought being gay is a weakness, but I didn't experience any disadvantages after my coming out," he said. He was also an ambassador for the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Germany, where he read the oath of the athletes at the opening ceremony. (smh.com.au, 24 May 2008; samesame.com.au, 03 Aug 2010; ontopmag.com, 31 Jul 2010)

PERSONAL BACKGROUND
He was raised by his mother, and never knew his father. "They separated before I was born. But there's not really a big story...I've just never met him. I have not been interested enough to pursue meeting him," he says. On his web site he says he has a rebellious streak that at 14 led him to get his tongue pierced. Self-described as "free-spirited" and "a little bit different," he still has the piercing which he says he does not even notice while diving. (smh.com.au, 25 Nov 2009; diving.asn.au, 03 Oct 2010; MattMitcham.com, 17 Aug 2010)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
13 2012 London, ENG 10m Platform 482.40 
1 2008 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 537.95
Semifinal 2008 Beijing, CHN 3m Springboard 427.45
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2009 Rome, ITA 1m Springboard 440.20
4 2009 Rome, ITA 10m Platform 529.50
9 2009 Rome, ITA 3m Springboard 431.30
Preliminary Round 2009 Rome, ITA 3m Springboard Synchro 367.17
12 2005 Montreal, CAN 10m Platform 560.73
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2015 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 3m Springboard 400.15
3 2015 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 3m Springboard Synchro 373.41
3 2015 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 10m Platform Synchro 398.46
2 2015 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 3m Springboard Synchro 287.70
32 2014   3m Springboard  
28 2014   10m Platform  
8 2014 Madrid, ESP 3m Springboard 405.20
5 2014 Madrid, ESP 10m Platform 398.20
2 2014 Madrid, ESP 3m Springboard Synchro 395.49
9 2012   10m Platform  
7 2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform 440.95
4 2011   10m Platform  
7 2011 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform 474.90
1 2011 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 541.20
1 2010 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 561.00
9 2010 Montreal, QC, CAN 3m Springboard Synchro 336.24
9 2010 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 396.10
5 2010 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 474.15
8 2010 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard Synchro 376.23
16 2009   10m Platform  
2 2009 Madrid, ESP 10m Platform 525.40
5 2009 Madrid, ESP 3m Springboard Synchro 375.30
5 2008   3m Springboard  
1 2008   10m Platform  
9 2008 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard 433.75
1 2008 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform 534.45
5 2008 Montreal, CAN 10m Platform 477.05
4 2008 Montreal, CAN 3m Springboard 453.30
2 2008 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 516.90
9 2008 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 428.15
3 2008 Shenzhen, CHN 10m Platform 511.05
3 2008 Shenzhen, CHN 3m Springboard 486.95
14 2006   10m Platform  
3 2006 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard Synchro 397.23
4 2006 Sydney, NSW, AUS 3m Springboard Synchro 395.61
4 2006 Zhuhai, CHN 10m Platform 453.90
4 2006 Zhuhai, CHN 3m Springboard Synchro 367.17
10 2005   10m Platform  
11 2005   3m Springboard  
3 2005 Montreal, CAN 10m Platform 496.11
8 2005 Montreal, CAN 3m Springboard Synchro 281.73
6 2005 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 434.64
3 2005 Zhuhai, CHN 3m Springboard 418.83
5 2005 Zhuhai, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 296.82
32 2004   10m Platform  
6 2004 Elektrostal, RUS 3m Springboard Synchro 283.86
6 2004 Elektrostal, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 290.70
8 2004 Rostock, GER 10m Platform Synchro 283.26
10 2004 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard Synchro 281.37
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2005 Chenzhou, CHN 10m Platform 636.84
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2010 Veracruz, MEX 10m Platform 536.85
5 2010 Veracruz, MEX 10m Platform 508.05
5 2009   3m Springboard  
2 2009   10m Platform  
5 2009 Changzhou, CHN 3m Springboard 445.25
6 2009 Changzhou, CHN 10m Platform 511.85
2 2009 Doha, QAT 10m Platform 545.25
8 2009 Doha, QAT 3m Springboard 452.25
4 2009 Mexico City, MEX 3m Springboard 417.75
6 2009 Mexico City, MEX 10m Platform 450.00
9 2009 Sheffield, ENG 3m Springboard 405.40
4 2009 Sheffield, ENG 10m Platform 510.85