Asta Girdauskiene (LIT)
2019 Honor Masters Diver
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 9 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS; 22 TOTAL FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS (11 GOLD, 5 SILVER, 6 BRONZE); 2000 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: SILVER (10M PLATFORM), BRONZE (1M SPRINGBOARD), 5TH (3M SPRINGBOARD); 2004 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: GOLD (10M), BRONZE (1M), 4TH (3M); 2006 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: SILVER (10M), BRONZE (1M); 2010 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: GOLD (10M), BRONZE (1M), 4TH (3M); 2012 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: GOLD (1M AND 10M), SILVER (3M); 2014 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: GOLD (1M & 10M), BRONZE (3M); 2015 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: GOLD (1M, 3M AND 10M); 2017 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: GOLD (1M), SILVER (3M & 10M); 2019 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: BRONZE (3M), GOLD (10M SYNCHRO 100+ AGE GROUP). 3 WORLD RECORDS IN 10M; 4 AGE GROUPS (40-44, 45-49, 50-54 AND 55-59).
She began her career in diving at the age of nine and went on to win multiple national championship titles in the former USSR. The platform was always her strongest event.
Life as a diver ended for Asta Girdauskiene in 1982 after she completed her university degree and began working as a lecturer. But she always had a passion for coaching children, and she would eventually leave her job as a lecturer and begin coaching children full time at the Sports School.
In 1991, a group of fellow divers from the Ukraine invited Asta to join them for a Masters Diving meet. Up until then, she had no idea that something like Masters even existed. That meet left a long-lasting impression on Asta, especially the American team. She had never seen a 60 year old, much less an 80 year old compete in diving!
When Asta’s group returned from the event, they decided to start organizing their own Masters events in Lithuania and held the first competition in 1992, in Vilnius city. Their newly-found friends from America also attended the event, as well as many local divers in many different age groups. They also decided to establish their own sports club, “SALTO” and international travels began shortly after the club was founded.
Asta has been competing in FINA World Masters Championships since 2000, starting in the 30-34 age group, and most recently she competed in the 55-59 age group in 2019. She has won a total of 10 gold, five silver, and five bronze medals and has set three world records on the 10m platform. Asta is also a top-level certified FINA judge and has judged numerous events, including the FINA Masters World Championships.
Asta says that “by far the greatest experience that comes from Masters diving is the opportunity to meet new people who are all in love with diving. Over the years I have learned that diving is the best way to remain youthful in both body and mind. And I also understood, that in Masters events, your position after the competition is not important. What is important, is the ability to meet fellow diving enthusiasts, share experiences and learn from each other.”