Brittany O’Brien is an Olympic diver who competed for Australia in Rio Olympics 2016, as well as the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.
The Sydneysider began making waves from the platform when she finished 12th at the 2014 World Junior Championships in the 10m platform and when she went on to finish fourth at the 2015 Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpar (synchro) and the 2016 Grand Prix in San Juan, Puerto Rico (individual).
Continuing her form into 2016, Britt finished second overall behind Olympic medallist and fellow NSWIS teammate, Mel Wu in the 10m platform at the National Championships and was named to make her Olympic debut in the women’s 10m platform in Rio after London 2012 silver medallist Brittany Broben was forced to withdraw due to injury.
Stepping up to represent Australia in lieu of her Broben, Britt excelled placing 17th in the preliminary round to become an Olympic finalist at her maiden Games. Competing consistently in the semi-final, she finished 15th overall.
In 2018 at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Britt earned a sixth-place finish in the women’s 10m synchronised event as well as 7th place in the women’s 10m platform individual final.
While Britt opted to take a break from the sport during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic trials, she has her focus set on the Birmingham 2022 Games and further into the future with the Paris 2024 Olympics.
What role has the NSWIS played in your success?
If it weren't for NSWIS I would never have made it as far as I have today. The amazing NSWIS diving program and also the world class gym facilities/staff all played a vital part in my success so far.
How do you find your Strength Within?
I just use the passion and drive I have for my sport and find my strength from there. I think about all the hours I put into training and how it will all be worth it.
What has been your proudest moment in your sport?
Being nominated on the Rio 2016 Team, because it made me realise I did in fact have what it takes to be a top athlete. It's made me more confident in my abilities and I'm so excited to show the world what I can do.
What is the worst thing about being an elite athlete?
Finding the energy for other things like work and uni, I'm always so exhausted from training it's sometimes hard to be motivated for other things.
What is the best thing about being an elite athlete?
Getting to travel the world doing what you love, meeting amazing people along the way.