<h5>FINA Diving World Cup - Aquece Rio Test Event for the Rio 2016 Olympics</h5>
<p>RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 22: Grant Nel of Australia competes in the men's 3m springboard semifinal as part of the 2016 FINA Diving World Cup at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on February 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2016 FINA Diving World Cup is a test event for Rio 2016 Olympic Games.</p>
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Grant Nel

Grant Nel

Diving Schedule & Results

(Local) / 10:00 AM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's 3m Springboard Semifinal

368.35 (15th)

368.35 (15th)

(Local) / 03:15 PM 15 Aug (Rio)
Men's 3m Springboard Preliminary

395.05 (16th)

395.05 (16th)

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Athlete Biography

After diving for 19 years, South African-born Grant Nel will make his Olympic debut at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre in Rio in the men’s 3 metre springboard. His selection came after a strong performance at the Australian Open Championships, which doubled as Rio selection trials, where he was crowned National Champion.

Nel switched from gymnastics to diving when he was nine, after he broke both his hands. He then trained in the school pool in South Africa under their national coach until he moved to Australia.

Mid-way through 2015 he made the move to Adelaide to train at the South Australian Institute of Sport, with National Coach Michel Larouche, as part of his Olympic preparation.

He comes from a strong sporting family, with his mother representing South Africa in gymnastics at the World Championships.

Nel, who spent much of his secondary school years living on a farm in Victoria, won a bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a bronze and silver at the 2014 Commwealth Games.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.

Recent Performances

  • 1st – 2016 Australian Open Championships (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 16th – 2016 Grand Prix (Windsor, Canada)
  • 13th – 2016 FINA World Cup (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • 1st – 2015 Oceania Championships (Melbourne, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Winning a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, 2010.
  • Winning a bronze and silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasglow 2014.
  • Competed in five FINA Diving World Championships ’07,’09,’11,’13, ‘15 Competed in four FINA Diving World Cups ’08,’10,’12,’14,’16 Texas A&M Four-Year Letterman 2009-20012 Nine time Swimming and Diving All American, Including five top three finishes at NCAAs Three Individual Big 12 titles


  • Primary
    St Stithians (Gauteng, South Africa)
  • Secondary
    Yarra Valley Grammar School (VIC, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Exercise Science - Australia Catholic University (2007 - 2008), Bachelor of Science - Texas A&M Univeristy (2009 - 2012)


  • Coach
    Michel Larouche 2014 - Current
  • Club
    Ringwood Diving Club, Ringwood, Victoria, Australia
  • Institute/Academy
    South Australian Institute of Sport, Victorian Institute of sport
  • Primary Training Base
    Adelaide Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    Victoria, Australia


Favourite food
Roast Lamb and BBQ Prawns
Favourite holiday destination
On the beach in Bermigue, NSW.
Favourite music
Aaussie hiphop, punk rock and R&B
Dream car
Bugati Veyron
Personal Motto
Why not?
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
Cheese burger
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Ariel skiing or Skeleton
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Matthew Mitcham winning Gold in beijing 2008 on 10meter