CONNOR James < Back  
Sport Diving
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 05 May 1995 in Melbourne, AUS
Height1.83 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English
Higher education Indiana University: Bloomington, IN, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began diving at age eight at the Ringwood Aquatic Centre in Victoria, Australia.
Why this sport? "My sister Shannon quit gymnastics for diving and really enjoyed it, I was always travelling in the car to and from the pool so I decided to give it a go."
Club / Team Indiana University [IU]: Bloomington, IN, USA
Name of coach Drew Johansen [club], USA; Hui Tong [national], CHN
General Interest
Nicknames Jim, Jimma, Jimmy (olympics.com.au, 12 Aug 2012)
Most influential person in career His family. (Twitter profile, 16 Jan 2016)
Hero / Idol Australian divers Matthew Mitcham and Grant Nel, Australian rules footballer Jimmy Stynes, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Diving Australia's Twitter profile, 03 May 2015; vis.org.au, 22 Feb 2012; diving.asn.au, 01 Sep 2011)
Injuries He injured his back in 2010. Although he was initially told he would need between four and six weeks rest, he was unable to get back into the water for 15 weeks. He trained with back pain for the following 18 months. (diving.asn.au, 30 Mar 2012; heraldsun.com.au, 02 Jun 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He listens to music to take his mind off the competition. (diving.asn.au, 01 Sep 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Never back down." (Facebook profile, 07 Dec 2015)
Awards and honours In 2008 he was named Australian Elite Junior C Diver of the Year. He went on to be named Australian Elite Junior B Diver of the Year 12 months later. (vis.org.au, 31 Dec 2009)
Other information YOUNGEST
At age 15 he was the youngest member of the Australia team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. He was also the youngest male member of the Australian diving team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (olympics.com.au, 12 Aug 2012)