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Diving championship comes to a close

Divers have been coming from all over the country. (Source:WALB) Divers have been coming from all over the country. (Source:WALB)
Moss Farms Diving is considered a world-class diving facility. (Source:WALB) Moss Farms Diving is considered a world-class diving facility. (Source:WALB)
Terri Powers, USA Diving Vice President (Source:WALB) Terri Powers, USA Diving Vice President (Source:WALB)
Some of these divers could be future Olympians (Source:WALB) Some of these divers could be future Olympians (Source:WALB)
John Fox, Moss Farms Diving Assistant Coach (Source:WALB) John Fox, Moss Farms Diving Assistant Coach (Source:WALB)
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

The 2016 AT&T USA National Diving Championship is coming to a close.

The competition officially wraps up on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at Moss Farms Diving in Moultrie.

Vice President of USA Diving Terri Powers said that the residents of Moultrie have been great hosts.

“From the first day that we were here to the opening ceremony, we’ve been welcomed with open arms. It’s been incredible,” Powers said.

Powers called the competition a huge success.

Over 600 divers from all over the country have participated in the Moultrie competition.

According to Moss Farms Diving’s Assistant Coach John Fox, 13 of those divers are from South Georgia.

“We’ve been preparing for this meet since the first day of training last fall. So, this is actually the competition that everyone has been training for,” Fox added.

And a lot is on the line. Some of these divers could be future Olympians.

University of Florida’s Head Diving Coach Bryan Gillooly is just one of the scouts present at the meet.

“The talent gets better every year…I’m looking at these kids to take it to the next level, the NCAA level and beyond, and become Olympic athletes. And there’s future Olympians all over this pool,” Gillooly said.

The competition has also made a big splash economically.

With over 600 divers and their families in Moultrie and surrounding cities, a number of local businesses have seen a boost in sales.

“We’ve seen [visitors] walking in our downtown areas. We’ve seen them in our shops. We’ve seen them in our restaurants eating,” Interim President for Moultrie’s Chamber of Commerce Tommie Beth Willis said.

Beans and Strings in downtown Moultrie is just one of the businesses that’s experienced the bigger crowds.

“It has been extremely busy…our sales have been record-breaking,” Beans and Strings General Manager Sarah Shundich said.

The general manager said that she’s going to miss the visitors that she’s gotten to know over the last two weeks.

However, there’s a possibility that the competition could return in a few years.

The junior divers finished Thursday, but the senior divers are still competing through Sunday.

You can watch the livestream here.

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