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Chantelle Lee Newbery (née Michell) (born 6 May 1977) is an Australian diver, and Olympic champion. She won a gold medal in diving at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and in 2006 became the 22nd athlete to be named in the Australian Institute of Sport Awards' "Best of the Best".

Chantelle Newbery
Personal information
Birth name Chantelle Lee Michell[1]
Born (1977-05-06) 6 May 1977 (age 41)[2]
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 153 cm (5 ft 0 in)[2][1]
Weight 50 kg (110 lb)[2]
Sport Diving
Event(s) 3m Synchronised Springboard
10m Platform
Club Mel Am Diving Club[1]
Updated on 2 August 2015.

Born in Melbourne, Newbury's first international success was at the 1998 World Aquatics Championships in Perth, Australia, where she won a bronze medal in the 3m Springboard event. Later that year Newbery became a Commonwealth Champion by winning the gold medal in the 1m Springboard event at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She also won the silver medal 2 days later in the 3m Springboard.

At the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games Newbery finished fourth in the Synchronised 3m Springboard Event. But the highlight of her diving career was winning the gold medal in the 10m Platform event at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games ahead of Lao Lishi of China and fellow Australian, Loudy Tourky. Newbery is one of only a handful of women who have tasted Olympic success after becoming mothers.

In 2005, Newbery was inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport 'Best of the Best'.[3]

Newbery took time away from diving for almost a year while pregnant with her first child. She gave birth to her son Jet in 2002. In May 2004, she married Robert Newbery to allow them to compete at the Athens Olympics as husband and wife. Their second son, Ryder, was born in 2006.

In 2009 Newbery told Australian magazine Woman's Day that she was admitting herself to a psychiatric hospital for severe depression. She had also made suicide attempts.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Chantelle Michell-Newbery". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c 2006 Commonwealth Games (2006). AQUATICS PROFILES (PDF). Melbourne: p. 1. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Australian Institute of Sport 'Best of the Best'". Archived from the original on 17 November 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ Fiona Byrne (24 March 2009). "Chantelle Newbery battling chronic depression". The Telegraph (Australia). Retrieved 19 October 2013.