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Master Honorees

Grete Peschek Kugler (AUT)

2017 Honor Masters Diver

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS (DIVER): 1988 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3 gold (1m, 3m, 10m*); 1989 WORLD MASTERS GAMES: 3 gold (1m*, 3m*, 10m); 1990 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3 gold (1m, 3m, 10m*); 1994 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2 gold (1m*, 10m*), 1 silver (3m); 1996 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2 gold (3m*, 10m), 1 silver (1m); 1998 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2 gold (1m, 3m), 1 silver (10m); 2004 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2 gold (1m*, 10m*), 1 silver (3m); 2008 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2 gold (3m*, 10m*), 1 silver (1m); 2010 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3 gold (1m, 3m, 10m); 2012 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2 bronze (1m, 10m); 2014 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3 gold (1m, 3m, 10m); 2015 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (3m), 1 silver (1m) ; 2017 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: bronze (3m)

*(denotes record set)

 

Grete Peschek Kugler was born in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria, in 1953 and loves the sport of diving! She has been a member of the Schwimmunion Wien since 1968. Grete was a teacher in the information/ technology field, but is happily retired now so she has more time to dedicate to diving!

 

In her hometown of Vienna, Kugler is responsible for organizing all competitions, such as nationals, Vienna championships and international competitions. In addition to being a member of the LEN Technical Diving Committee, Grete is the Speaker of the Judges Subcommittee.

 

Grete is also involved with coaching in Vienna. They are now a team of 10+ divers, who competed in Budapest at the recent 2017 FINA Masters World Championships. Grete has been attending and competing in FINA World Championships since her first, in Brisbane, Australia, 1988.

 

At age 63, she has competed in six age groups, 35-39 through 60- 64. At the FINA Masters World Championships, Grete has won 23 gold medals (7-1 meter, 8-3 meter and 8-10 meter), five silver medals (3-1 meter, 2-3 meter, 1-10 meter) and two bronze medals (1-1 meter and 1-10 meter) for a total of thirty medals in international competition. At the 1989 World Masters Games, Grete won gold on the 1 meter, 3 meter and platform, and she has set nine FINA World Records in her diving career.

 

One of Grete’s favorite Masters memories was competing in Casablanca at the FINA World Championships. She says it was a dark, relatively old pool in Casablanca, and there were two 3 meter boards. One was old, but the other was clean and “friendly”, because it had been freshly painted. The only problem was, it was slippery, and we had some accidents. Suddenly someone had the idea to dive with socks on! And it worked. It was a funny and very effective solution. It was the first socks diving World Championships!

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