Divers somersault from new heights at state-of-the-art facility
The new Bruce Prance Dryland Diving Centre at HBF Stadium has been officially opened, ahead of the 2023 Diving Australia Open Championships.
- New World Aquatics international standard centre now open to local, national and international divers
- Exciting development for the sport in the State
- Divers can use equipment to perform acrobatic jumps without water
The new Bruce Prance Dryland Diving Centre at HBF Stadium was officially opened today, ahead of the 2023 Diving Australia Open Championships, which commence at the venue this week.
Honouring the pioneer of diving in Western Australia, the late Bruce Prance OAM, the facility will be a great support for local and national athletes in their aspirations for Commonwealth and Olympic success.
Equipment at the facility includes two competition standard trampolines, six springboards, a foam pit consisting of 23,000 foam blocks and 1 metre and 2 metre diving platforms which will help divers practice ten times as many repetitions than traditional water-based training.
It is anticipated that the new facility will enable WAto retain home-grown diving stars as they work toward their Olympic and Commonwealth dreams.
The centre will also provide an administrative home to Diving WA, the State Sporting Association for the sport in WA. It will provide office space, athlete areas and a meeting room.
It is befitting that the centre is named after the late Bruce Prance OAM who was involved in the sport for 70 years. Mr Prance was an accomplished diver before he became a world class coach and was instrumental in the formation of Diving WA.
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman:
"The new facility is world class and will help attract divers and diving events of an international standard to the State.
"In the lead up to a home Olympics in Brisbane 2032, it is exciting that we can train and develop our best divers, right here in WA.
"This is a massive step in our commitment to developing and retaining local talent in high performance sport."