Olympic medallist Brittany Broben admits her diving return after a six-month layoff has been painful, but is intent on making her Commonwealth Games debut.
So bad was the pain of returning to full-time training that diver Brittany Broben had to fight back tears each time she took to the pool.
But the London Olympic silver medallist pushed through and is eyeing a spot on Australia’s World Cup and Commonwealth Games teams for the first time.
Broben took a break from diving last July to focus on her Year 12 studies after a disappointing campaign at the World Championships in Barcelona.
The 18-year-old tore her tricep twice in the lead-up to the event, cruelling her chances of another medal in her pet discipline – the 10m platform.
The injury and her high school commitments kept her out of the water for almost six months, including December’s national championships in Sydney.
“The first week (back) was really tough on my body,” Broben told AAP on Friday, three weeks into training.
“I was almost in tears because it was just so painful on my body.
“But it’s always the first two weeks that are the hardest, and then your body just gets back into it. I’m a lot better now.”
Despite her lengthy absence, the Queenslander is confident her chances of a national team call-up are as good as anyone else.
And that includes rivals Melissa Wu and Rachel Bugg, who will also be vying for a spot on the squad ahead of the World Cup and Commonwealth Games.
Wu won the 10m platform final at the Australian championships last month after sitting out most of the year with a back injury, with Bugg – who also returned to top-level competition after retiring straight after the 2012 Olympics – in second.
“With trials, I never go in with the attitude that I’m going to make it; I go in with the attitude that I’m going to try and make it,” Broben said.
“I’m just going to try my best and we’ll see what happens.
“My first priority is to make the World Cup team. I’ve never made a World Cup or Commonwealth Games team, so just to make either of those teams this year will be a good goal for me.
“Like my coach has said, 2012 was my best but they still think that I’ve got more in me.”