We have a number of divers in the Junior and Development Squads, focussing on skill development and gaining competitive experience at a local and national level. These divers include:
He was a coach in the Province of Jiangsu and then went on to work with the National Chinese team assisting with setting and implementing training programmes. Through the late 1980’s he coached Chinese teams to Grand Prix, World Cups, World University Games and the Olympics; several members of these teams winning gold, silver and bronze medals. One of Steven’s star divers was Tong Hui (silver medal at the ’84 Olympics) who is now the Head Diving Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Steven spent several years in Malaysia developing diving before coming to New Zealand to do an English language course. He was appointed the National High Performance Coach for Diving New Zealand, based at the Waitakere Aquatic Centre, and is credited with a ‘world junior title’. He had another three years as the High Performance Head Coach at the West Australian Diving Academy, and the West Australian Institute of Sport, where he had placings at the 2005 and 2007 Olympic Youth Games.
He has been Head Coach of the Wellington High Performance Aquatics diving division since its formation in 2008.
As an athlete, Li Feng dived and won medals at Chinese National Championships over a 10 year period with a highlight being a Gold Medal at the National Games on Platform in 2006.
During the last 2 years has been coaching junior divers in Shandong Province and has success with them at national championships. Li Feng producd 4 Gold Medal performances as an Assistant Coach in 2009 in various events. Between coaching he has been doing ‘Show Diving’ at the Olympic Pool in Beijing. Li Feng works with the WHiPA Development Squad of 8-11 year old selected from the Sunday Diving programme run by WHiPA. He continues to dive as well, recently breaking a number of New Zealand records