Rachel Bugg

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Rachel Bugg
Personal information
Nickname(s) Buggie
Nationality Australian
Born (1989-03-07) 7 March 1989 (age 28)[1]
Belair, South Australia
Residence Brisbane, Queensland
Height 159 cm (5 ft 3 in) (2012)[1]
Weight 56 kg (8 st 11 lb) (2012)[1]
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Diving
Event(s) 10m synchro
Club Diving South Australia

Rachel Bugg (born 7 March 1989) is an Australian diver. She has been selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 10m women’s synchronised platform diving event.

Personal[edit]

Nicknamed Buggie, Bugg was born on 7 March 1989 in Belair, South Australia.[2] She is originally from Adelaide,[3][4] South Australia.[5] She attended Mercedes College.[6] In 2008, following retirement from diving, she worked on a diploma of beauty therapy.[3] She moved to Brisbane in 2010 in order to improve her diving training[3] and continued to live and train there in 2012.[2]

Bugg is 158 centimetres (62 in) tall.[2]

Diving[edit]

Bugg dives in the 10m synchronised platform diving and 10 metre individual event.[5] She started participating in diving when she was twelve years old, switching sports from gymnastics.[4][7] When she first started in the sport, she did not enjoy it.[4] She is a member of Diving South Australia's diving club[2] and has a diving scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport.[2] As of 2012, she is trained by Hui Tong[2] in Brisbane[3] at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre.[2]

Bugg quit diving prior to the start of the 2008 Summer Olympics due to injury,[3] following the 2008 Australian national diving championships. In her first dive of the competition, she injured her right triceps with a third-grade tear.[3] She resumed diving in the middle of 2009.[3]

Bugg competes internationally in the FINA Gran Prix 10m platform diving events, both as an individual and in synchronised diving with a partner; there are six Gran Prix events scheduled annually. Some notable finishes in 2010 individual events include tenth in Fort Lauderdale in the US and seventh in Madrid; in 2011 her finishes included twelfth in Bolzano, Italy, and fifth in Madrid; and in 2012 she finished fourth at Rostock, Germany. In synchronised diving in 2010, she competed with dive partner Hannah Thek, and finished fifth in Fort Lauderdale in the US; in 2011, they had two second-place finishes: one in Bolzano and the other in Moscow. In 2012, she partnered with Loudy Wiggins, and the pair placed fourth in Fort Lauderdale and second in Montreal.[2]

Bugg was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 10m women’s synchronised platform diving event[3][5][7] with dive partner Wiggins.[4][8] Her spot to London was finalised in May 2012.[3] She missed an individual spot after the national trials where she vied for a spot against thirteen other women.[9][7] Going into the 2012 Olympics, she had ten training sessions a week, with each session lasting three hours.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rachel Bugg". london2012.olympics.com.au. Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rachel Bugg". Diving Australia. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Schultz, Duane (25 June 2012). "Diving dreams for Bugg". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Williamson, Brett (4 April 2012). "Diving into life". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Big stage to benefit 'show pony' Mitcham". Nine MSN. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Griffiths, Emily (13 July 2012). "Mercedes celebrates its Olympians". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c McGuire, Michael (7 July 2012). "Our Olympians: Rachel Bugg". adelaide now. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Wiggins misses individual Olympic dive". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Dougherty, Tom (2 April 2012). "Rachel Bugg's Games hopes on track". adelaide now. Retrieved 26 July 2012.