Since competing at her first Olympics at the age of 17, Loudy Wiggins (nee Tourky) has become one of Australia's most successful female divers. In 2000 Loudy became the first Australian to win an Olympic medal in diving in 76 years and the first Olympic medallist for an Australian female diver ever. In 2004 Loudy also won an Olympic bronze medal in Athens.
Loudy was a former elite gymnast at the AIS before switching to diving in 1992. She is incredibly talented and this year, won her eighth consecutive Australian title in the 10m Platform at the National Championships. Loudy also recently won silver and bronze at the FINA China Grand Prix and in 2003 became the first diver in history to win gold in the same events at three consecutive FINA Diving Grand Prixs. Loudy is a very tough competitor and showed tremendous courage to win silver in the 10m Synchro and finish 5th in the 10m Platform at the 2003 World Championships in Spain despite tearing at tricep on the first day of competition. At the end of the 2003 Grand Prix circuit Loudy finished ranked number one in the world.
In 2002 Loudy won the Nationals before claiming gold at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. At the 2001 World Championships she won bronze in the 10m Platform, becoming only the third Australian ever to win a diving medal since the championships began in 1973.
After finishing a respectable 19th at her first Olympics in 1996, Loudy managed to snatch bronze at the Sydney 2000 Olympics in the 10m Synchro event and earned the Australian Female Diver of the Year crown.
Away from her demanding training schedule Loudy has just completed a degree in Media and Communications. Given the demands on today's elite athletes this is a remarkable commitment and a true reflection of Loudy's dedication to succeed on and off the platform.
On the 18 of July 2005 in Montreal, Loudy won a siver medal with Chantelle Newbery at the FINA World Championships in the 10m synchronised diving. On the 22nd she won silver in the individual diving.
A week to go before the 2006 Commonwealth Games, she injured her ankle and it seemed she may be denied diving in front of her home city. Refusing to give up, she fought the pain and won gold in the 10m synchronised with Chantelle Newbery, adding new legend to her great courage and determination. The very next night, she defended her Commonwealth Games Gold in a close contest. Despite having many close dives through the night, she managed to make it to first place on her last dive (the final dive of the night) in a very emotional performance.
Away from her demanding training schedule Tourky has completed a degree in Media and Communications. Given the demands on today’s elite athletes this is a remarkable commitment and a true reflection of Loudy's dedication to succeed on and off the platform.
Loudy is a great role model to all and has never ceased to demonstrate her commitment, ambition, great humility and sportsmanship, composure and modesty.
Loudy now has her sights set on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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