Moree diver Ruby Drogemuller finds early success at NSWIS

FUTURE STAR: Moree diver Ruby Drogemuller has found early success after taking up diving. Photo: Emma Lynch.

FUTURE STAR: Moree diver Ruby Drogemuller has found early success after taking up diving. Photo: Emma Lynch.

Nine months ago, Moree's Ruby Drogemuller decided she wanted to take up diving.

With a background in gymnastics through PCYC Moree, 11-year-old Ruby followed up on a call out by the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) for any athletes who would like to give diving a go.

Ruby and her mum, Brooke, discovered olympic silver medalist Melissa Wu, whom they had met previously, was coaching the newcomers, and Ruby decided to give something new a try.

She was selected into the emerging talent squad with the NSWIS, and is now boarding at Tara Anglican School for Girls in Sydney to continue her training.

"She's doing really well with about 24 hours of training a week, working very, very hard," Brooke said.

"She's won nearly all of her NSW diving competitions as well as the first ever one that she competed in. She's also done well with her school diving."

Ruby started off diving in the beginner squad with Wu in July 2018 and has now moved up to the next level, being coached by Emma Lynch, who moved to the NSWIS from Diving Western Australia in October last year.

She shows really good potential and great talent. She's a very special diver," Lynch said of Ruby.

Ruby recently competed at the NSW state open age championships, which is part of the national talent program for Diving Australia.

"It's a dry land event, you do gym skills on the floor and then water skills," Lynch said.

"She won in every section, first in dry land, first in water and first overall. No one else did that."

She has now been selected as part of the NSW state talent squad that will travel to Brisbane in July for the first national skills diving final, competing against the best junior talents aged 13 and under in Australia.