Olympic gold medallist and former NSWIS diver Matthew Mitcham will be inducted into The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) as part of the Class of 2020.
This year ISHOF will induct thirteen honourees from seven countries; five swimmers, two coaches, one diver, one water polo player, one synchronised swimmer, one open water swimmer, and two contributors.
The event will be held Saturday, April 25, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
An NSWIS scholarship holder since 2007 and coached by Chava Sobrino, Mitcham’s career-defining moment came at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games when he won gold in the men’s 10m platform.
The winning dive came in the last round of the competition when Mitcham scored 112.10 points, notching the highest score of any dive in Olympic history. It was the first Olympic diving gold medal won by an Australian male since the 1924 Olympic Games and denied China a clean sweep of the diving gold medals at their home Olympics.
Mitcham, under Sobrino’s tutelage also won bronze in the men’s 1m springboard at the 2009 FINA Aquatics World Championships, four silver medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and capped off his career with one gold and two silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Mitcham was named one of the NSWIS Most Outstanding in 2016 at the NSWIS Awards.