WOMEN WHO INSPIRE US // Australian diver Georgia Sheehan 🇦🇺
Everyone meet our latest addition to the JOLYN diving athlete gang - the wonderful Georgia Sheehan. Georgia is a Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist and World Championship diver with ambitious goals for the future! Not only is she an incredibly talented athlete, she also has a truly inspirational story of resilience and perseverance through tough times. We reached out to Georgia for a Q&A so you too can be inspired by her wisdom. Read the Q&A below to get to know Georgia👇
GET TO KNOW GEORGIA
What has your recent experience at World Champs been like?
Worlds has been so much fun! Mostly, I'm grateful to have the opportunity to compete on the world stage. It's always a treat, regardless of how my performance goes. I competed in two events this year - the 1m individual and the 3m individual. 1m was really great and I ended my performance with a 5th place, which is a 4 place improvement since I competed in the event in 2019 and finished 9th. I was really happy with this event and had so much fun with my competition!
3m unfortunately didn't go quite to plan and I ended with a 22nd place, not progressing past the preliminary. I was really confident in my ability to make the final, even though this was my first time competing 3m individually at World Championships, so was pretty disappointed with this result! In saying that, I'm proud of my fight and my grit to not give up when things got tough! I don't believe in mistakes, just lessons! Even though things didn't go how I expected, I have learnt so much and plan to take all of that knowledge with me to Commonwealth Games in a couple of weeks.
What does your typical training week look like?
Our training week is usually broken up quite differently than what people expect! Usually I train 9-10 sessions in a week, depending on how my body and mind is feeling. These sessions consist of 3 strength and conditioning sessions, 2 dryland sessions and 5 pool sessions. People are always surprised to hear that we aren't in the pool 24/7! Dryland sessions are probably my favourite because we get to use the foam pits and trampolines 😆.
What do you love most about your sport?
I love the uniqueness and challenge that accompany diving. Not many people can say they bounce off a 3m and do 3.5 somersaults before landing in the water, and I think that's pretty cool! Also, I love all of my international friends that I've made over the years. It's the memories that I make with these people which make the sport so special to me as I continue to get older.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome as an elite athlete?
Definitely learning to recognise and combat burnout. I took a break from diving during June 2020 - August 2021, because I was too late to recognise that my body and mind needed a rest from such intense training and competition! I used that time off to look after myself, challenge my way of thinking about sport (I'm blessed to have the opportunity to do what I do, it's not an obligation by any means!) and make sure that I set myself up properly, both mentally and emotionally, to return to diving with the right mindset. It was a tough 14 months, but it was all worth it!
What’s your ultimate dream or long term goal in Diving?
I still can't say that I'm an Olympian (yet 😉), and this is my last goal that I would like to achieve in diving! Fingers crossed for Paris 2024 everyone ❤️
FUN FACTS ABOUT GEORGIA
I'm such a foodie, so this is a really tough one! If I'm cooking at home, I love home-made pizza. If I'm heading out to eat at a restaurant, Asian fusion is my favourite!
Fave tune to get in the zone before a comp?
This changes all the time for me, but at the moment ‘Music for a Sushi Restaurant’ by Harry Styles is on repeat when I’m competing. There’s something about that song that just puts me in a good mood!
What are your hobbies outside of training?
I love getting out of the house and exploring. When I have the time, I love to drive to a local town nearby and explore for the day. I always make sure to try the local bakeries (like I said, I’m a foodie 😂). I’ve also really enjoyed baking recently – there’s something about it that’s just so therapeutic!
Fave JOLYN piece you own?
Oooh a tough one! The PERRY onesie is always my favourite as I find it the most comfortable for training, and at the moment I’m obsessed with my the UTOPIA print. I also have the SCARLETT print sitting in my cart ready to be ordered!
“Feel the fear, and do it anyway.”
Don't forget to follow Georgia on IG @georgiasheehann to keep up to date with her latest comps and adventures - especially her upcoming Commonwealth Games campaign! We'll be cheering 🥳