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NSWIS LIGHTS UP – SAM FRICKER – OLYMPIAN (Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6, TAFE Students)

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The countdown is on to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) invites you to follow the journey of diving Olympian Sam Fricker.


From grassroots to high performance sport, Olympian Sam Fricker talks openly about his journey in diving, his sustainable straw business and his aspirations for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Topics covered include:

  • Diving In: Starting out in Diving and the pathway to his dreams
  • Free Fall: Mental cues in the moment
  • Power of One: The battle of positive self talk
  • Being Social and Risks: Fighting courage and taking risks
  • Reaching the Stars: The Olympic dream


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: NSW Institute of Sport


Sam Fricker made his Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games, competing in the men’s 10m platform event and won a bronze medal in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Event Details

Event Type

On Demand

Delivery Platform

Youtube Recording


15 Minutes




Primary, Secondary

Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

PDHPE » Movement Skills » Movement Skill and Performance

Other KLAs

PDHPE » Interpersonal Skills » Health, Wellbeing and Relationships

PDHPE » Physical Activity and Sports Studies

Presenter Bio

Australian diver and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder Sam Fricker made his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, competing in the men’s 10m platform event and won a bronze medal in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Born in Newcastle, Sam had a strong background in gymnastics and trampolining before taking up diving at age 11. Just a year into his new sport he won a regional and national school’s title.

In 2015 Sam was offered a New South Wales Institute of Sport scholarship and his family relocated to Sydney. At the 2015 National Age Diving Championship, Sam won gold in the 1m Springboard, 10m Platform and 3m Synchronised Springboard 12-13 age category events, as well as silver in the 3m Springboard, and was named Diver of the Year (12-13 years) by Diving Australia.

The young diver has won a slew of medals at junior national and international competition including bronze at the 2018 FINA World Junior Championships in the Mixed Team Event. In 2019 Sam became the first Australian to ever win the Dresden Youth International Diving Meet in the Boys Platform – winning by nearly 50 points

After earning a place on the Senior Australian Diving Team, Sam competed at the 2019 Oceania Diving Championships where he claimed silver in 10m platform event, missing out on the gold by just 0.15 points.

Sam was named on the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo following his performance at the at the 2021 Australian Open Championships where he finished second in the 10m platform.

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More Information About This Event

If you enjoyed our series on Sam Fricker, CLICK HERE to view our other inspirational stories from Olympic High Jumper Sarah Carli and Olympic and World Champion Paddler Jess Fox.

For more information on NSW Institute of Sport, CLICK HERE for our website.

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Website: www.nswis.com.au

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