KATHY ROLLO... Although she was not born in the city of Saskatoon, Kathy Rollo has spent about seventeen of her twenty years here. She began her diving career the summer that she was twelve when coach Ross Hetherington asked her to come out to practice. It was to be the start of eight long years of training; Kathy spent two years in Vancouver where she completed grade nine and ten and concentrated on diving. By the summer of 1967 she had become a diver of national calibre and she represented Canada at the Pan-American Games held in Winnipeg. (She finished fourth on tower.) The following season was Olympic year and Kathy was named alternate, not being added to the team because of a restricted team budget. In May of 1969 she travelled overseas with the Canadian team, competing in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Russia; the trip was invaluable in terms of experience and understanding. That summer ended with the Jeux Canada Games in Halifax, and Kathy returned from Nova Scotia with a silver medal in both springboard and tower. The 1969-70 winter season was spent competing for the first time for the U of S under the guidance of Tony Schildo. (She won in Western conference competition, but women's college championships were non-existent.) However, the long-range objective at that time was a berth on the British Commonwealth Games team and in July of 1970 Kathy found herself in Edinburgh. She dove well but ended up fourth by four one-hundredths of a point, which has to be frustratingly close in anybody's league. The Canadian team toured Holland, Italy, Czechoslovakia and Hungary after the Games and Kathy had been back in Canada only a short while before she climbed on a plane to represent the University of Saskatchewan in the World Student Games in Turin, Italy in September of 1970. (She placed 5th on 3m. and 8th on 10m.) Although she won a Canadian College title in 1970- 71 Kathy decided to pass up the 1971 Pan-American Games in South America and to concentrate on her education; the plan was to wait until Olympic year and to go for broke then. And that's what this training season is all about. There is an International Meet in Winnipeg in early April and then another European tour before the Olympic trials and finally the Games themselves in August. Securing a berth on the Canadian Team Kathy will now represent Canada in Munich. Her plans include the finishing of her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a great deal of snow skiing, and no more competitive diving; after eight years she has decided that it's time to do something else. (She has recently announced her engagement to another fine Saskatchewan athlete, Mr. Don Seaman.) Kathy has no regrets about the years she has put into diving; the friends, the travelling and the fun all make up for anything she might have missed.
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