The second Australian to win an Olympic diving medal...
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Dean is a popular guest speaker who has a great ability to inspire and motivate. He also does MC and hosting work.
- Dean Pullar was always destined to be a diver. His mother, Wendy, was a diver for South Africa. An Olympic hopeful, she missed an opportunity to compete at the 1960 Rome Games when South Africa did not send a diving team. The 1960 Games were the last in which South Africa was allowed to compete until returning to the Olympics in 1992, following the abolition of apartheid. His father, Philip, is the president of the Australian Diving Association.
- After he failed to qualify for the 1996 Australian Olympic team, Dean was prepared to retire. He was particularly devastated because his family had already made plane reservations to watch him in Atlanta. Ultimately, he decided to accompany his parents to the Games as a spectator. "I felt like I was on the wrong side of the fence," he says. Pullar was so inspired by what he saw in Atlanta that he committed himself to competing through the 2000 Sydney Games. This inspiration paid off when Dean became only the second Australian to win an Olympic diving medal in his first Olympic Games.
- Dean is a springboard specialist and over the years he has recorded a number of podium finishes at international events. At the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 he won a pair of silver medals in the one metre and three metre springboard events. In 2000 at the FINA China Cup he and partner Robert Newbery finished second in the three-metre springboard synchro event.
· Only Australian diver EVER, to win a medal at every major diving event:
The Commonwealth Games (2 Silver medals K.L, 1M & 3M)
World Championships (Bronze 3m Synchronised Perth 98)
World Cup (97 Mexico Silver, 2000 Sydney Silver & Bronze)
World University Games (97 Sicily Bronze 3m, 99 Majorca 1m Bronze)
Olympic Games (2000 Sydney Bronze 3m Synchronised with Robert Newbery)
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