Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 14 February 2014 08:00
The freshman Lady Rattler is the 2014 District 30-5A and Region 8-5A girls’ 1 meter diving champion – a level of success few divers ever achieve.
Lady Rattler head diving coach Leslie Ortiz Richardson explains, it could very well be her gymnastics background that has helped Valdez excel in diving, and with so little experience.
“She’s a very natural diver,” said Richardson. “I think that her gymnastics background has a lot to do with that…. Any diver that has a background in gymnastics benefits greatly. She’s very particular about how she dives and how she practices. She strives to get the most out of her practices and it didn’t take long for me to see that she had a lot of potential if I pushed her enough.”