Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series divers, Orlando Duque, 44, of Colombia, Rhiannan Iffland, 27, of Australia and Xantheia Pennisi, 20, of Australia held a special media gathering and workshop at the Rizal Memorial Complex in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 4, 2019. Conan Daily was invited to attend the event hosted by Clean Cliffs Project founder Red Bull Cliff Diving athlete Eleanor Townsend Smart, 23, of the United States.
Together, the athletes introduced their sport to those in attendance and shared their experiences from previous competitions. After a short question and answer session with the nation’s leading news outlets, the divers gave a glimpse of what to expect at the first stop of the 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in El Nido.
“It’s a big challenge of mine to break my personal best again,” Iffland said. “Scoring consistently higher at each event is the one thing I want to focus on this year.”
As a veteran of the sport, Duque’s goal for this 2019 season is a bit more conservative, stating that he wants to “just hang in there one more season and then say goodbye.”
Pennisi is the first competitor of Filipino descent to compete in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. She is excited to be back in the Philippines after seven years.
A newcomer to the sport, Pennisi is ready to showcase her skills in front of her family. She said, “I feel very special to be representing Australia and the Philippines.”
“My goal is to place in the Top 5 at all the competitions,” Pennisi continued. “I know my Filipino family are all supporting me and I want to dive for them and make them proud.”
Smart, Duque, Iffland and Pennisi then took the time to share their knowledge with members of the Philippine National Diving Team for an in-depth diving workshop. This allowed members of the National Team to improve their takeoffs and dive executions by learning from four of the world’s most decorated high divers.
“We’re excited to share the morning with Orlando, Rhiannan, Xantheia and Eleanor,” Philippine National Diving Team chairman Marie Dimanche stated. “Having an international event of this scope in the country will go a very long way in recognizing high diving as a premier sport.”
The upcoming 11th season of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will open in Miniloc Island’s Big and Small Lagoons in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines on April 12, 2019. El Nido will mark the first and only stop in Asia on this year’s tour.
Twenty-four professional male and female divers will take off from breath-taking heights of up to 27 meters with only their concentration, skill and physical control. A total of 18 countries will be represented.
Catch the live broadcast from El Nido on Red Bull TV, Facebook and YouTube on April 13, 2019. Viewers in the Philippines may also watch the full event, along with the remaining six stops of the 2019 World Series, on S+A and iWant Sports (iwant.ph), 5PLUS and 5plus.com.ph, FOX Sports, FOX Sports GO, FOX+ app, online at http://www.foxsports.ph, and on iFlix VOD service.
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