Nick Hart Interview by Larissa Chelius Nomination and Photography by Jolene Broad Photography Indiana Issue 18 | Sports
The Nomination: Nick Hart was diagnosed with Type I diabetes his junior year in high school and has had to fight to handle his disease and continue to conquer his sport. He is an incredible role model. Love him dearly.
How did you become interested in diving and how did you start? I was a gymnast when I was younger. My mom read about diving online and thought it would be a better fit for me. She signed me up and I instantly loved it! I went through lessons and then I joined club diving and started competing.
What is your daily diving schedule like? I get up every morning at 6:00am to be ready to leave my house at 6:45am. I have a one hour and fifteen-minute drive to get to practice by 8:00am for dry land. Dry land goes to 11:00am. I then have a one-hour break and start water practice (actual diving) at 12:00pm. I normally go until about 2:45pm or 3:00pm. After that I do either a weight or jumping workout for roughly thirty minutes. When that’s over, I drive home and start school (online school).
Tell me a little bit about your favorite dive. My favorite dive would probably be an inward two- and one-half pike on three meter (405b). Basically, I stand backwards but flip forward in a pike position for two- and one-half rotations. This is my favorite dive because of how it feels. It feels different from any other dive and I love the uniqueness of it.
How have you grown through your fight of Type I diabetes? I was diagnosed just under two years ago with type 1. My diving and really everything in my life had a huge decline. It was incredibly hard for me to adjust to my new lifestyle and I couldn’t seem to get into the flow of things. I went through a really rough patch for a while until I got more accustomed to living with diabetes. Eventually, I didn’t think of diabetes as something really life altering (although it is) and it was just a part of my life. I think my experience has given me a new perspective on the world and life in general.
What plans do you have for your future? I am committed and signed to dive for Cal Berkeley. I will begin diving and taking a class this summer on June 24th! I hope to get into the business school there. After my undergraduate studies, I plan on trying to attend Law school.
Nick will be featured in Issue 18 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.