COLE Bree < Back  
Sport Diving
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 28 Feb 1983 in Melbourne, AUS
Height1.60 m
Weight 50 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation Teacher
Higher education Teaching - Deakin University: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? At age 10, on the school diving team.
Why this sport? "It looked like lots of fun."
Club / Team Gannets Diving Club; VIS; AIS: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Name of coach Hui Tong
Coach from which country? China
Coach from what year? 2005
International Debut
Year 2005
Competing for Australia
Location Turkey
General Interest
Nicknames Bree. (, 17 Aug 2010)
Hobbies Reading, shopping, updating blog and sleeping. (, 17 Aug 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement Beijing 2008 Olympic Games - silver medal in platform synchronised event. (, 17 Aug 2010)
Most influential person in career Her coach, Hui Tong. (, 31 Aug 2008)
Hero / Idol Chinese diver Guo Jinging and American diver Greg Louganis. (, 31 Aug 2008)
Injuries She fractured and tore ligaments in her right elbow and was out of action for three months, missing the 2006 World Cup. (, 10 Aug 2008)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She takes her kangaroo with her to events. "[I] need to take my kangaroo to competitions, he has been everywhere USA, China, Mexico, Canada, Germany, etc." (, 31 August 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto "It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness." (, 31 August 2008)
Awards and honours She was named 2007 Australian Diver of the Year. (, 31 Aug 2008)

She was the only diver at the 2007 World Championships to win a medal on both springboard and platform. (, 31 Aug 2008)

Ambitions To medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games in two synchronised events. (, 17 Aug 2010)
Other information FIRST ENCOUNTER
After she won gold in the 3m synchronised diving at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, her father Wayne recalled his most memorable moment of his daughter's diving career. On her first encounter with the three metre springboard at the age of 10, he remembers the future champion jumping off holding her nose. (Williams Refrigeration, 30 Mar 2006)

Selection for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games came down to the wire when Bree and her synchro partner, Melissa Wu, stole victory from seasoned Olympic legends, Chantelle Newbery and Loudy Wiggins, who between them have 22 years of international experience. (, 31 Aug 2008)

After the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she was keen to tryout for the Cirque du Soleil water-based show in Las Vegas before returning to teaching. (, 31 Aug 2008)