Macau Competition Day 2

Written by Kelly

“Competitions are never easy. No matter how much better or lousier your opponent may be compared to yourself, to walk on the board and perform your dive in front of a crowd and a panel of judges waiting to pinpoint at your mistakes is never, ever a simple task.

As a competitor myself, I had first-hand experience of the pre-competition feelings and emotions that would run wildly through my mind. This in turn affected my composure, and I reprimanded my trembling self for letting my nerves get the better of me. Trying with all my willpower to stay calm and collected, I got up the board while my name, country, and dive was being announced.

Unlike the rest of my team mates, I only had 5 dives to do as I was in a different category. My first dive was 103B – front 1 ½ somersaults pike. Standing on the board preparing myself for what was about to come was nerve-wrecking but with so much encouragement and cheers coming from my fellow team mates, I managed to complete my first dive relatively well.

As I surfaced from the water, more cheers from my team were heard as the judges scored the dive that I had just completed. Despite watching the platform divers compete on Saturday, I realised that the only way to truly comprehend the adrenaline rush and feelings that came with the competition was to simply compete. My first dive was over, but I still had 4 more to go.

The competition was over within minutes, and as I stepped out of the pool after my final dive I was a whirlpool of emotions – there was disappointment, from not having performed to the best of my ability and for not doing as well as I know I could have; then there was contentment, since I knew that I did try my best although it didn’t quite show. And then of course there was pure, unadulterated relief, as the competition that we’ve worked so hard for was finally over.

As much as I dread the nervousness and insecurity that come with competitions, I have to admit that these experiences are essential for building up my character and helping me become a better diver. We are thrown into undesirable situations during competitions where everything that can go wrong may go wrong, and as I’m clearly not a veteran in this field the feeling of helplessness and terror is even more defined and pronounced. By participating in more competitions in the near future and going through the same emotions more frequently, we will hopefully be able to curb and overcome our nerves so as to perform better.

There was a social gathering and prize presentation ceremony at the end of the competition, in which we could mingle around with fellow divers from Hongkong and Macau. This was also a time for us to display sportsmanship, as we congratulated the winners and chatted with the other divers as well.

The Macau Diving Invitationals was indeed a memorable experience in more than one way; some of us may have felt disappointment and failure, others happiness and surprise as they surpassed their targets. However, it doesn’t matter if we were letdown or elated – the most important takeaway from this competition was the experience in itself. This was our very first international diving meet, and every single moment of it will be etched in our minds for a long time to come.”

~ by Singapore Diving on October 28, 2009.

One Response to “Macau Competition Day 2”

  1. Yes, its never easy, but you can ease the tension by doing breathing and mental exercises

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