My name is Brady White and I am a 17 year old junior at Tampa Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida. This year, I am the captain for my team. I have been diving for my high school for the past three years and love it. My junior year of high school diving just wrapped up and ended with me winning both my district and regional meets. I’m also pleased to say I had a large improvement in my state meet where I came in second in the state. It’s interesting how I got involved in diving. What you should know is I am highly competitive, and from the age of 8 to 16, while I played many sports, I was also a very competitive skateboarder. I spent hours perfecting my technique, my tricks, and loved the sport. I went to training centers and spent time with kids who were pursuing a professional skateboarding career. Skateboarding is about pushing yourself to get better and those kids who refuse to give up and have the athletic ability to be successful, as they achieve their goals.
My goals changed when a good friend at school invited me to join the Swim & Dive Team at Tampa Prep. My sister was on the swim team and with my parents support, I decided to try it. What’s great about dive is how much skill and athletic ability it takes. The unique link to skateboarding is the mental toughness it takes to dive. The repetitive nature of working on your form, your body position, and the overall dive. Also like skateboarding, you can’t progress to more challenging tricks / dives until you master the basics. Progression from 1M, to 3M , to platform is all about getting better and staying focused.
Based on the feedback I have received from my coaches, I am now extremely excited to take my diving to the next level and join a competitive DI collegiate team. My Mom played tennis in college and I would really like to accomplish the goal of being a college athlete and compete for my school. The perfect place for me is somewhere I can thrive both academically and athletically.