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Iris Schmidbauer Makes Diving Debut at Red Bull Competition
City College student, Iris Schmidbauer, has returned to Plymouth after her diving debut in the Red Bull Cliff Diving Competition.
Iris was invited to show off her talent on the third stop of the tour, in Italy. Polignano a Mare was home to the 22-metre diving board, where six permanent divers and two wildcards competed for a spot on the podium.
With nine stops in total – seven for the women – the Cliff Diving tour gives competitors the opportunity to travel all over the world to dive from the highest platforms.
“It was an honour to be chosen to compete alongside my heroes. I followed the women’s World Series back in 2014 and thought ‘I want to try that’,” Iris said. “I was so inspired by these women. I trained hard and am really happy I was able to compete in Italy. After only two years of training, and no professional sporting background, I am living proof that anyone with enough determination can do it.
“It was amazing to be part of it! Polignano a Mare is a beautiful city surrounded by cliffs which demand to be dived off. The competition had an incredible atmosphere, with about 70,000 spectators. I have never dived from 22 metres so it was a little scary. I learnt and performed a new dive in the final; a forward double somersault with one and a half twists. Although the entry caused a bit of a splash I was so happy I managed it. One day I’ll be up on that podium.”
Iris has been studying for her Sports Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation Foundation Degree at City College since September 2015. For Iris, who was always interested in pursuing a career in sports medicine, the course offered her the chance to combine this with her professional diving training.
Academy Manager for Sport, Charles Legg, who developed the strength and conditioning programme at the College said: “Iris is incredibly driven and has been working very hard for this competition. The sport is high impact – divers often hit speeds of 75 to 85 kilometres an hour when entering the water – so core strength and form is vitally important for a successful dive. I believe the progress Iris has made with us at the College puts her in great position and I hope she makes it on to the podium.”
Those interested in developing their love of sport into a career can find out more at the College’s Open Day on Saturday 5 November, 10.00am – 1.00pm, at Kings Road. Visit our events page or call 01752 305300 for more information.