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Kevin CHÁVEZ
Sport Diving
NOC Australia   
GenderMen
Born09 Jul 1992 in Mexico City, MEX
Height1.70 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Marketing - Universidad del Valle de Mexico [UVM]: Mexico City, MEX
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 11.
Why this sport?
His father made a deal with him about which sport he could choose. "When he was a boy, he played football but diving always attracted him. So I told him that the day he scored his first goal, he could choose. That day came, he scored and chose diving," his father said.
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Mexican diver Fernando Platas. (oem.com.mx, 07 Nov 2010)
Injuries
In 2013 he suffered a career-threatening knee injury. He went to Australia to recover following an invite from the Mexican coach of the Australian national team, Chava Sobrino. (theaustralian.com.au, 30 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Being prepared is important, and knowing how to wait is even more so. But taking advantage of the right moment is the key to life." (Twitter profile, 23 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Junior Coach of the Year award at the Diving Australia Age Awards and also at the Diving New South Wales Annual Presentation Awards. (divingnsw.org.au, 03 Sep 2018; agenationals.com, 01 Feb 2018)

In 2013 he received the State Sports Award in Jalisco, Mexico. (informador.com.mx, 14 Oct 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In November 2020 he announced his retirement from competitive diving. "I decided to retire from diving and focus on my life away from elite sport. My diving career has been the best experience of my life so far and I want to thank everyone who has had an impact on me and my career. First to my family who have always been there to support me and for making me the person that I am today; second to those friends and coaches in Mexico for identifying my talent and developing my foundations in diving, and last but not least to those in Australia who took me in and helped me to achieve my dream of becoming an Olympian. Becoming an Australian has changed my life and I'm proud and grateful to call Australia my home. It is impossible to mention everyone but every time I remember diving I have a smile on my face and that's because of all of you out there around the world and that's how I'll remember my career - with a smile on my face doing what I loved." (nswis.com.au, 30 Nov 2020; Instagram profile, 26 Nov 2020)

FROM MEXICO TO AUSTRALIA
Born in Mexico, he switched to compete for Australia after moving there in 2015. He had represented Mexico at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, and initially went to Australia to recover from an injury. He had thought about retiring but Mexican diving coach Chava Sobrino, who had been working in Australia, motivated him to rehabilitate from his injury and continue training. He later received an invitation from the Australian national diving team to switch nationality, and competed for his new country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "Since moving to Australia I've experienced a totally different life." (perfect10diving.com.au, 08 Sep 2018; marca.com, 23 Apr 2017; goldcoastbulletin.com.au, 27 Oct 2016; milenio.com, 15 Aug 2016; Instagram profile, 01 Aug 2016; rio2016.olympics.com.au, 04 Aug 2016, 30 Jun 2016)

COACHING
He has worked as a coach for Diving New South Wales and the Perfect 10 Diving club in Australia. "If they ask me how to do a certain move I can take my shoes off and show them. They learn so much from watching. In [the] moment, you need to coordinate your body and mind to jump, or not to jump. When the body moves, and the brain is not ready, you can put yourself in danger." (portstephensexaminer.com.au, 23 May 2019; perfect10diving.com.au, 08 Sep 2018; abc.net.au, 31 May 2018; agenationals.com, 01 Feb 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Preliminary Round 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 3m Springboard 356.55
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Preliminary Round 2019 Gwangju, KOR 1m Springboard 322.25
Preliminary Round 2017 Budapest, HUN 3m Springboard 382.85
Preliminary Round 2017 Budapest, HUN 1m Springboard 330.10
12 2017 Budapest, HUN 3m Springboard Synchro 357.33
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP 1m Springboard 431.55
Preliminary round 2011 Shanghai, CHN 1m Springboard 308.85
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
10 2020 Madrid, ESP 3m Springboard 405.40
7 2019 Calgary, AB, CAN 3m Springboard 388.85
12 2019 Mission Viejo, CA, USA 3m Springboard 284.50
11 2019 Mission Viejo, CA, USA 3m Springboard Synchro 316.77
8 2019 Singapore, SGP 3m Springboard 373.65
5 2019 Singapore, SGP 3m Springboard Synchro 370.11
1 2018 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 3m Springboard 429.45
17 2017 Gatineau, QC, CAN 3m Springboard 349.90
2 2016 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 3m Springboard 423.85
3 2016 Kuching, MAS 3m Springboard 397.65
26 2014   3m Springboard  
6 2014 San Juan, PUR 3m Springboard 386.55
18 2012 Montreal, QC, CAN 3m Springboard 369.60
16 2011 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard 377.15
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2017 Windsor, ON, CAN 3m Springboard Synchro 308.82