Brittany Broben announces retirement
4 October 2016
DIVING: Olympic silver medallist Brittany Broben has announced her retirement from diving, succumbing to an injury which kept her out of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympics.
20-year-old Broben, who won a silver medal as a 16-year-old in the platform final at the 2012 London Olympics, was forced to withdraw from the Australian team on the eve of the Rio Olympics, after a recurrence of a shoulder injury.
Broben was the youngest member of the Australian Olympic team in London, and considers her silver medal the highlight of her career.
But despite the 2018 Commonwealth Games coming to her home city of the Gold Coast, Broben has been advised her shoulder injury will not recover enough for her to compete at her best.
“I will always be so proud of the fact that I am an Olympic silver medallist, and while I did not quite get to Rio, being selected in the team made me feel like a dual Olympian,” Broben said.
“After the challenges I had had since 2013, just getting to a place where I was diving well enough to be selected for Rio, was something I will always be proud of.
“But I really wanted to dive at my best in Rio, and sadly that was not ultimately possible”.
Broben took up diving in 2007, training with Jinlan Wang as part of the Brisbane national talent identification program, and she quickly made her mark.
She is a multiple Australian Champion in various diving events, with one of her proudest moments breaking 400 points in winning the USA Grand Prix Event in 2011 at the iconic Fort Lauderdale pool.
Diving Australia CEO, David Bell, said it is the end of a fantastic career.
“Brittany has been just an amazing ambassador for our sport, and we are so proud to have had her as one of our premier athletes for the better part of the last 10 years,” Mr Bell said.
“On behalf of the Australian diving community, we wish her every success in the future and hope to play a small part in helping her achieve her next successes.
“We will also continue to support her during her rehabilitation.”
Broben said she would like to thank the Australian Institute of Sport and the Queensland Academy of Sport, both of which she was formerly a scholarship holder, and also the New South Wales Institute of Sport where she is currently a scholarship holder.
“I started my diving with Jinlan and then Xiangning Chen and I am indebted to them for all their support and encouragement,” she said.
“After moving to Sydney to work with Chava Sobrino late last year, I also want to thank him wholeheartedly for helping to reignite my passion for diving.”
Broben said she is considering taking on a role as a diving coach, and has also hinted she may take up another elite sport.
Ross Solly for Diving Australia