Meet... Anabelle Smith
That fact that she is an Olympic Medallist is only now starting to sink in for Anabelle Smith, who scored a bronze medal at the Rio Games.
After falling behind early in the competition, Anabelle and partner Maddison Keeney managed to work their way into third place with just Canada and Germany to dive.
“Maddi and I didn’t realise we were in third position, we thought we had dived out of the medals earlier in the competition because our first two dives weren’t our best.
“Canada always just seem to beat us so we were thinking ‘the Canadians are going to drop us down to fourth’, but they didn’t do a very good dive.
“There was a long wait until the scores came up, but when they did and we were still in third we thought ‘is this real life, this is crazy’.”
WATCH: Anabelle reflects on her experience at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Rio was Anabelle’s second Olympics after competing at London in 2012, an experience which helped her stay more calm and focused four years on.
“Having that experience in London and knowing what to expect at an Olympics helped me a lot because I wasn’t overwhelmed by the enormity of the event.
“In my competition I was more calm, I knew the crowd would be really loud so I felt a lot more comfortable during the competition.”
In the build up to the Olympics, Anabelle spent countless hours at both Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and the Victorian Institute of Sport perfecting her craft.
Her Olympic bronze medal is a reflection of her hard work and dedication.
“I pretty much moved my whole life to be close to MSAC because it’s an amazing facility and the majority of our training is done here.
“The Victorian Institute of Sport is right next door, it’s great to have everything in the one setting so I don’t have to travel too far – I’m really lucky.”
— Melbourne Sports Hub (@MelbSportsHub) September 12, 2016
Melbourne Sports Hub would like to congratulate Anabelle on her remarkable achievement!