Brittany Broben
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Broben ready to bring it during FINA trials in Brisbane

BRITTANY Broben's world changed after winning silver in the 10 metre individual platform final at last year's London Olympics.

Even in swimming, a sport vastly different to diving, her teachers at Marymount College in Burleigh Heads expected her to dominate at school swimming carnivals.

That did not quite happen, with the 17-year-old coming second in a race.

"My teachers looked at me funny and asked 'you came second?'" she said.

"And I responded, 'I'm not a swimmer, I'm a diver.'

"The two sports are totally different. The only similarities are that you float to the top in both.

"Things became so much different after London - not a lot of people knew me before the Games, but afterwards, a lot of the younger students were in shock."

The Gold Coast teenager plans to continue to grow her profile at the FINA World Championship Trials at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, starting on Friday and finishing on Sunday.

But no one has been more surprised at her rapid rise to fame than herself, only taking up the sport in 2008, after the former gymnast suffered a foot injury.

"I still get so nervous before every competition, so I have to remind myself that I won a silver medal at such a young age (at 16 - Australia's youngest team member in London)," she said.

"Mel (2008 Beijing Olympics 10m synchronised silver medallist Melissa Wu) won't be competing at these trials with a back injury, but I've never gone into any event feeling over-confident.

"There is a young group coming through in this sport now that will be very competitive."

Broben's packed schedule at the trials will see her compete in 1m, platform and women's synchronised 3m events, but she is no stranger to keeping busy.

"It's quite difficult to juggle Year 12 with training. Monday and Friday I do gym work on the Gold Coast, and every other afternoon I drive up to Brisbane to train," she said.

"I got my Ps two months ago but Mum still likes to come with me when I drive to Brisbane, because my coaches don't want me driving by myself on the roads."

Broben said she was aiming to reach the heights of Chinese diver and London 10m gold medallist Chen Ruolin, who she upset on her senior international debut at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix.

She was just 15 then, and time is still on the well-mannered school student's side.

"Some of her dives might not be the best ones, but she's just so consistent," Broben said.


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