Chatting with Sam Fricker: Australian Olympic diver

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Australian Olympic diver Sam Fricker
Australian Olympic diver Sam Fricker. Photo Courtesy of Diving Australia

Sam Fricker, Australia’s Olympic diver, chatted about his latest endeavors, which include competing at the upcoming World Championships in Japan.

American author, speaker, and leader John C. Maxwell once said: “Dreams don’t work  unless you do.” This quotation applies to Sam Fricker.

Fricker started an environmentally sustainable company at 16 years old. He has been diving for the Australian National Diving team, and competed as an Olympic Diver at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. He is also striving to keep our planet clean by creating eco-friendly solutions to single-use plastics.

While he loves the straws, and being CEO of Sams Wheat Straws, he noted that those have slowed down a little bit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am trying to get it back up and going though,” he said.

He shared that he was leaving for the 2023 World Championships that will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, last night. “We fly out to Japan and I am looking forward to it… I am very excited,” he said.

Fricker was stoked to earn the bronze medal last year at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in the three meter synchro (with Li Shixin). “That was a dream,” he admitted. “I was so happy. That was my first major event medal.”

On 29 November 2022, Fricker was awarded the Australian Sports Medal by The Honorable Margaret Beazley, the Governor of New South Wales. “They are too kind to me, I love Australia,” he acknowledged.

Each day, he shared that he is motivated by his “goals for diving.” “I love the sport, and I enjoy the process, and my big dream is to get that Olympic medal. That’s what gets me through the hard days, it’s like a whole lifestyle,” he said.

He shared that his foot is doing well, and that he tapes it every day as a precaution. “That way, I don’t have any problems so I can keep doing the same workload with no issues,” he said.

Fricker also enjoyed being featured in the Power 98.5 Satellite Radio station, where he was interviewed by veteran radio personality and PR specialist Steven Cuoco. “Steven Cuoco was great. He was so kind to me, and such a great interviewer,” Fricker said.

On the title of the current chapter of his life, Fricker said, “In the midst of greatness.” “We are just building and chipping away. I have big goals trying to win a medal at the Paris Olympic Games, and we are laying the foundation, and building up towards that big dream,” he said.

For young and aspiring divers, he encouraged them to “keep moving those goal posts.” “Focus on your technique, don’t give up and keep chipping away. You can make it just like anyone else can,” he explained.

If he were to look back and reflect in a rearview mirror, he responded, “I see a lot of triumph but a lot of struggle as well.” “I see a lot of hard times, doubts, and also successes and consistencies. I see a real journey,” he said.

In swimming, he listed the freestyle as his personal favorite stroke in the sport.

If he were to have any superpower, it would be to “fly.” “That would make my diving so much easier,” he said.

Fricker defined the word success simply as “achieving his goals, whatever those may be.”

For his fans and supporters, Fricker concluded, “I really appreciate the people that are willing to get behind me, and follow story. I try to be as transparent to show them that not every day is going to be a good day and things are not always going to work out perfectly, but if you don’t give up, you are going to get there. I try to show them the truth of what we are doing.”

To learn more about Australian diver Sam Fricker, follow him on Instagram.

Olympic diver Sam Fricker
Olympic diver Sam Fricker. Photo Courtesy of Sam Fricker’s Instagram