Helena Merten

Australia

Helena Merten

Australia

The acrobat set her first mark at the FINA High Diving World Cup in February 2016 and grabbed the last spot for the World Series to become the youngest ever athlete in the permanent divers line-up. And Helena Merten lived up to the expectations: a podium at the season opener in Texas (3rd) and another one to round off the year in a challenging floodlit night event in the Dubai Marina (2nd).

In 2017, the 21-year-old continues to be the youngest athlete in the field and her chilled character will definitely be a major advantage when it comes to bettering her own personal best 4th place in the overall rankings. Be it wind or waves, a tight battle or a new dive, the classy diver unhesitatingly does an immaculate handstand more than 20m above the water showing no nerves.

Coming from Gold Coast Helena's preferred time of the day is unsurprisingly time spent on a surfboard with friends. Her latest addition to a long list of activity-focused hobbies is playing or learning, Helena herself would say, ukulele, something she has started together with fellow Australian Rhiannan Iffland.