The Bolder Woman

Barbara Heathfield is Diving Back In

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Barbra Heathfield

Britain’s Barbara Heathfield is unfazed by returning to diving after a 20 year break and has her sights set on the World Masters Podium later this year


Presented by Chris Stafford

Podcast length: 26′ 48

British diver Barbara Heathfield first started diving at her high school at age 11 and has returned to the sport she loves after a break of 20 years.  Now aged 60 she is taking on the world having competed in numerous National and International Masters competitions. Barbara says: “I thought I would give it a go again, so I joined a club and started to re learn some dives.  I must say it was much harder than I remembered it as a child.  It wasn’t long before I became hooked again, and needless to say, one by one my sons stopped diving but I carried on.  I had forgotten quite how nerve wracking it could be.”  Barbara has won the British Masters Championships many times in her age group, and been placed in the top three in the European Championships. She was a gold medalist in the platform synchro event at the 2010 World Masters in Gothenburg, the 3m Synchro and Platform Synchro in Riccione in 2014 and the Mixed 3m Synchro in Budapest in 2018. Barbara is still aiming for the top three in an individual event in the World Masters.  Later this year she will be competing at the Croatia Masters Championships in Rijeka, and the World Masters Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

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Photo: Barbara Heathfield [photos supplied]
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