Loudy Wiggins

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Loudy Wiggins
Personal information
Born (1979-07-07) 7 July 1979 (age 35)
Haifa, Israel
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Height 4 ft 9.7 in (1.47 m)[1]
Weight 97 lb (44 kg; 6.9 st)[2]
Sport
Country  Australia
Event(s) 10m platform, 10m synchro
Club Gannets Diving Club

Loudy Wiggins (née Tourky) (born 7 July 1979)[3] is an Israeli-born Palestinian Australian diver.

She was born in Haifa, Israel and is of a Palestinian background. She was born to Butros and Afaf Tourky. They came to Australia when Loudy was three. Loudy has commented, "I will always have a bond with Palestine. My life is here but it’s in the back of my mind".

Wiggins said she thinks of herself as 100 per cent Australian, although her family stays close to relatives in the Middle East. "All of my immediate family is in Australia, and everyone else back home is safe - we're in contact with them. We keep them updated with my results."

Wiggins was a gymnast at the Australian Institute of Sport, then at age 12 began diving at the suggestion of her physiotherapist.[4]

Wiggins finished 19th in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.[4] She won bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics 10m synchronised platform, becoming the first Australian to win an Olympic medal in diving since Dick Eve in 1924. She and Rebecca Gilmore were also the first Australian female Olympic diving medalists in the 2000 games.

She won bronze in the FINA World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka in 2001. She was named Female Australian Diver of the Year for 2001. (Australian Diving 2001).

A year later, she won the nationals. That same year she won gold in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games in 10m diving.

Wiggins won first place at an unprecedented three successive CAN-AM-MEX FINA Diving Grand Prix competitions in 2003. She finished 2nd in the World Championships 10m synchronised diving. Also in 2003, she was named 2003 Sydney University Sports Woman of the Year and also won the Magpie Wests Ashfield Award.

In 2004, after finishing 2nd in the World Cup 10m, Loudy won bronze by herself in the 10m diving at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Another highlight of her career, becoming the first Australian diver to win more than one medal. She was the Head Diving Coach at PLC Aquatic Centre from August 2007, but had to stop due to training commitments.

Wiggins was training towards the Beijing 2008 Olympics,[5] but a calf injury suffered during the Olympics selection trials on 13 April 2008 temporarily ended her Olympic aspirations.[6][7]

After getting married and having a baby, Wiggins began a comeback[8] coming 14th at the Test Event in London.[9] Returning to Australia she partnered up with Rachel Bugg and after very limited preparation knocked off Melissa Wu and Alexandra Croak at the Australian Nomination Trials.[9] Wiggins competed at the London 2012 Olympics where, at 33 years of age, she was be the oldest diver in the field.[8][10]

Wiggins has a degree in Media and Communications.[4]

She is on the Australian Olympic Committee Athletes Commission and has her own Personal Training Business in Melbourne (LW Fitness)

Personal life[edit]

Wiggins is married to former Carlton AFL Australian rules football player Simon Wiggins and they have a daughter born in 2010 and a son born in 2013.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Loudy Wiggins (Tourky), London 2012 Olympics". Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Loudy Wiggins (Tourky), London 2012 Olympics". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Loudy Wiggins". Victorian Institute of Sport. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  4. ^ a b c "Loudy Wiggins - Saxton Speakers Bureau". Saxton.com.au. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  5. ^ "Loudy Wiggins aiming for fourth straight Olympics". Herald Sun. 10 April 2008. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  6. ^ "Wiggins' dream for four Olympics is over - Beijing2008 - Sport". Melbourne: theage.com.au. 14 April 2008. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  7. ^ http://www.sporttalk.com.au/loudy-wiggins-out-of-beijing-olympics/
  8. ^ a b "Loudy Wiggins: a diving veteran who's back for more". Xinhuanet. 
  9. ^ a b "Loudy Wiggins (Tourky)". http://london2012.olympics.com.au/. Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Loudy Wiggins (Tourky), London 2012 Olympics". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  11. ^ "Mum Loudy Wiggins' new high delights Layla". Herald Sun. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 

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