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Steve Foley renews Australian diving links

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Diving Australia have lured former national coach Steve Foley back home - and they will hope the three-time Olympian's Midas touch comes with him.

Two-time Commonwealth Games silver medallist Foley will return to work in Australia for the first time in 16 years after being unveiled as the governing body's new high performance boss from early 2017.

Foley has been welcomed back after enjoying similar roles for Great Britain and the United States - with impressive results.

During Foley's eight-year tenure as British Diving's national performance director, Great Britain won their first Olympic diving medal in 44 years with men's synchronised platform silver at the 2004 Games.

Foley then set about breaking a medal drought when he took up the USA Diving high performance role in 2009.

In Foley's eight years, America ended a lean streak when they claimed four diving medals in London 2012 and another three in Rio this year.

They had failed to make the diving podium at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

DA will hope Foley can provide the same winning touch to Australia who managed just one diving medal at Rio - 3m springboard synchro bronze with Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith.

It ensured Australia have made the diving podium at the last five Olympics.

Chairman Michael Murphy is confident Foley's signing will help Australia's divers make a statement at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

"Having known Steve for many years and admired from afar his recent achievements in Great Britain and the USA, on behalf of the board we are very much looking forward to welcoming him home," two-time Olympian Murphy said.

Foley, Australia's diving head coach at the 1992 Olympics, said he was returning home to be closer to his family.

"I have enjoyed the many challenges with USA Diving during my tenure and it was exciting to work closely with incredible athletes and coaches as they mixed it with the world's best these past eight years," Foley said.

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