Ms. Yona Roshen Knight-Wisdom, a Jamaican diver who was born on May 12, 1995, placed second in the 1 metre springboard competition at the 2019 Pan American Games and will compete in the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics. For Jamaica, he made Olympic history as the first man diver.
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The British-born Knight-Wisdom now represents Jamaica in competition. Both his father Trevor Wisdom and his mother Grace Knight are from the Caribbean.
After attending Leeds Grammar School, Knight-Wisdom continued his education at Leeds Beckett University, where he earned a degree in sport and exercise science.
Knight-Wisdom began diving in 2004; he has stated that he was inspired to try diving after witnessing the sport at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Along with fellow British divers Jack Laugher, Chris Mears, Rebecca Gallantree, and Alicia Blagg, he got his start in the sport with the City of Leeds Diving club. Here’s what Knight-Wisdom says about himself “I am a black diver who is 5’11” and 90 pounds. If you watch a diving competition, you won’t see that very often.”
Knight-Wisdom was eligible to participate for either Barbados or Great Britain in 2012, but after a difficult time making the British team, he opted to represent Jamaica instead Jamaica’s first male Commonwealth diver, Knight-Wisdom placed fifth in the 1 metre springboard competition and eleventh in the 3 metre springboard competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He swam in the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, so that’s a thing he did
By placing seventeenth at the 2016 FINA Diving World Cup, Knight-Wisdom earned a spot in the semi-finals and hence a spot in the 2016 Summer Olympics, making him the first male diver from Jamaica and the first male diver from any Caribbean nation to compete at the Olympics.
In the last round of the World Cup of Diving, Knight-Wisdom placed second overall. Sportsman of the Year at Leeds Beckett University for 2016 went to Knight-Wisdom, who qualified for Rio 2016.
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After deciding to move out of his childhood home, 26-year-old Knight-Wisdom said the going got really rough since he unexpectedly had to start paying expenses, which limited his ability to get ready.
“It’s been difficult because there have been moments when I’ve had to be borrowing money from friends and family to get through,” Knight-Wisdom said.
Because the past three years have been so difficult for me, I have been receiving financing from the Institute of Sports, which has been incredibly beneficial.
When he said, “I moved from Leeds to Edinburg, therefore I left home, which means I have to pay rent, bills, and food, and paid for more things than when I was at home,’ he was emphasising the fact that he had left home.
“The scholarship that I have been receiving plus now this Institute of Sports funding has been really, really helpful and I am grateful to the Minister Olivia Grange for providing that for athletes and hope that it is something that will continue, not just in the Olympic year, but in the years between because those are the years that really count,” Knight-Wisdom said.
But I am quite appreciative,” he continued. The aid has been invaluable. With it, I’ve been giving myself extra massages and generally taking better care of my physique in preparation for the Olympics.
Knight-Wisdom made history in 2016 by being the first Jamaican diver to earn an Olympic berth. First of its kind in the entire Caribbean.
I feel like I’m getting back into a groove. I’ve made it through the challenging first few months of returning to full-time training, and now I’m ready to start constructing upon the solid foundation laid in Tokyo during the World Cup. In preparation for the Games, I can now focus on fine-tuning my performance.
The diver is feeling good about his chances after winning silver at the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru.
The process of returning and rejuvenating one’s body and mind after qualifying required some time. There was a lot of pressure to get over jet lag as quickly as possible so that they could get back to training.
It’s incredible to say, ‘This is my second Olympic Games. In 2004, at the age of nine, I watched the Olympics for the first time. Now, everything I do is for that nine-year-old. Knight-Wisdom remarked, “I’m quite excited to be attending the Olympics for a second time.
I hope to surpass my previous best from five years ago. It is my goal to do better in the finals than I did in the semi-finals.
Even while I have no doubt in my ability to dive well enough to make the final, I am aware that I, like everyone else, must dive well in order to advance. His stated goal was to “make it to the final, and from there, who knows?”
Simply said, I hope that others may find joy in the activity of scuba diving. Always keeping an eye on me and giving me encouragement, the island has given me a sense of the warmth I deserve.
“I want people to enjoy the beauty of diving and the competitiveness, and maybe one day we may see more Jamaican divers compete at this level, that would be wonderful and I want to do my best to help that happen in Jamaica and the Caribbean,” said Knight-Wisdom.
On the 1 metre springboard, Knight-Wisdom placed second at the 2019 Pan American Games.
At the 2020 Summer Olympics, which had been postponed from 2018, he competed in the 3 metre springboard event. He did not advance to the championship round, placing 15th in the semi-finals.