Meet Chantelle Newbery, Australian diver who became the first diving gold medalist in the country in almost eighty years when she won the coveted 10m platform gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She’ll be spearheading the Australian challenge this time in Beijing. See photos and her biography here.
Chantelle has fought against all challenges she faced during her preparation for the Beijing Olympics when her son Jet was diagnosed with highly contagious chicken pox. Despite his illness, has she been contracted with the deadly disease, it would have been the end of her campaign.
Chantelle Newbery was born on May 6, 1977 in Melbourne, Australia so her age is 31. Apart from her gold at the last Olympics, she won two medals at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Her measurements are 32-30-34.
Chantelle had earlier retired from the sport but then made a comeback after shedding almost 22kg. weight.
About her son’s illness, she says:
“When you have kids, it comes with it’s own set of barriers to keep you from training. Alarm bells ring quite strong in my head … my mind is suddenly going straight to the thought of myself contracting the virus and wondering how I can stay out of the public for two weeks when I will be living in the athletes village and competing in 17 days.”
Her husband Robert Newbery is also a member of the Australian diving team.