The Diving Otakou Coaches

Senior Coach - Connie Deighton

Connie Deighton is the new Senior Coach for Diving Otakou as of November 2023. Her diving journey started around 14 years ago and since then has taken her around the world. She began diving with my twin sister at Crystal Palace diving club in London, England. After years of training and progressing, she won a national title at aged 17 on 1m. Later that year Connie was offered a diving scholarship to study in America at TCU. Four years in Texas competing and studying Psychology was such an amazing experience especially being able to compete and train with many world class divers. This past year Connie has been completing a masters in child psychology at Kingston University while coaching and judging trampolining. Connie began diving coaching at age 15 as a junior level coach which has developed into coaching national level althetes in gymnastics, trampolining and diving. She always want to create a positive environment on pool deck with no goals too far out of reach. 

Junior Coaches

Christine Wierda

Flynn MacGill-Brown

  • Flynn has been diving for over 6 years and coaching for over 3 years. He coaches the grade and skills squad. He loves seeing the progress and success that kids get to experience by overcoming their fears and pushing themselves out of their comfort zones. He is passionate about the sport and thrive to see people achieve their goals in diving.

Imogen Beard

Jessica Penno

Keysha White

Lucia Luxton

  • Lucia started diving in 2017 at Diving Otakou but shortly after moved to New York where she continued to dive. When she returned to Dunedin she dove more frequently and is now in the DNZ junior elite squad. She started coaching early in 2023 and works with our grade and skills divers. Lucia enjoys coaching as she enjoys helping the divers learn new dive and be proud of themselves.

Lyvia Nilsen

Theo Smith