Ripfest Diving Camp – Indiana

We begin our journey traveling to Indiana with 6 of our athletes and 2 coaches to attend Ripfest Diving Camp. This camp is run by 2008 Beijing Olympic Diving Coach John Wingfield. Our athletes had an absolute blast meeting new friends from the USA and Switzerland. Everyone came back after learning some big new dives and a shout out to ONDC’s own Chloe Maine for Earning the title of “Diver of the Week” after learning a grand total of 18 dives in 5 days of practice. Awesome job Chloe πŸ™‚

A quick day back home to Ottawa, we were back on the road to Toronto for a training camp at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

Training Camp – Toronto Pan Am Sports

We had a great diving camp using this world-class facility and our divers were spoiled staying in a condo overlooking the water and downtown Toronto. Lots of new dives, first time visits to the Toronto Zoo as well as great fun cheering on Team Canada in Rio!

Moved on to Mississauga – Ontario Summer Games 2016

After the 4 day training camp, some of our athletes moved on to Mississauga for the Ontario Summer Games. This was the largest summer games yet with more than 5000 athletes in attendance across many sports.
ONDC sent 4 divers to the Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga and they came home with 4 medals.

Our highlight performances came from Emma Corrigan and Marianne Stintzi.

Emma Corrigan had what her coaches would consider and all-time best performance on 3m capturing the GOLD MEDAL. She also finished her weekend with a SILVER MEDAL on tower and a BRONZE MEDAL on 1m. Stellar way to finish off the competitive season Emma πŸ™‚

Marianne Stintzi was our second athlete to bring home a medal from the competition.
It is always a privilege to watch Marianne dive and overhear the judges’ conversations after they are made aware of Marianne’s story. For an athlete to win a BRONZE MEDAL on 1m competing against Ontario’s top national athletes is impressive, to do it as a diver who is visually impaired is nothing short of sensational!!

Marianne continues to learn and grow as a diver, performing double somersaults and different twisting dives all while being diagnosed as clinically blind. She was an amazing role model for our younger athletes throughout the week and an inspiration to many. Congratulations Marianne on an amazing performance!