Teenage diver Liam Stone will become the first male diver to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games since 1998. The seventeen year old will compete in in the 1m and 3m Springboard Diving at Glasgow 2014, the New Zealand Olympic Committee announced today.
The Auckland-based diver is the New Zealand Mens Open Champion and has won every New Zealand title available in his age group. He currently holds ten national records, including the Mens Open record on the 1 metre dive.
Sitting inside the Commonwealth top six rankings, Stone is aiming for solid results at Glasgow.
We are excited to announce such a determined young athlete as part of our 2014 Commonwealth Games team, becoming the first male diver to represent us in more than fifteen years, said New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith. We look forward to seeing Liam prove what he can do on the world stage.
"Diving New Zealand is extremely proud of Liam's well deserved selection for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. This is a significant achievement for Liam, and an important step in his ongoing development as an athlete," said Chairman of Diving New Zealand, Rebecca Ewert.
Stone is thrilled to have met the tough New Zealand selection crititeria for Glasgow 2014 and is setting tough targets for himself at the games.
What was once a dream is now very much a reality, but I am not intending to be there to just make up the numbers, Liam said.
I really want to make New Zealand proud at the games, so I will be giving everything I have to beat the much older competitive field of divers.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games take place 23 July 3 August. New Zealand will have around 200 athletes at the games, competing in all 17 sports on the programme. Selections will be finalised in June.