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Kent, Julie

Born
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation
Coach, Diver and Sports Administrator

Summary

Julie Kent was a junior world champion diver who first competed at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984. Unable to train in Tasmania in the winter months (there was no indoor, Olympic standard aquatic centre in Hobart) she made the decision at the age of 15 to move to Montreal to train and prepare for competition. She lived there for two years, flatting with two other yound athletes. She returned to Australia when the Australian Institute of Sport opened its diving institute in Brisbane.

After she stopped competing, Kent went on to a temporary coaching job with the AIS, then moved into radio advertising. In 1997, she was elected president of the Tasmanian Olympic Council, the first woman to hold the position.

Sources used to compile this entry: The Mercury, February 19 1985; The Mercury, August 31 1988; The Mercury, March 21 1997.

Nikki Henningham

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