Aimee Harrison made the unusual switch from the three-metre springboard, all the way to the 21-metre high dive event. She started high diving in 2017. In 2019, she competed at in two events on the Red Bull Cliff Diving series circuit and also represented Canada at the FINA World Cup and FINA World Championships.
She says the toughest transition from traditional diving to the cliffs is the lack of warm-ups for each event. Usually, it is limited to one or two warm-ups for the high diving events compared to as many as you can squeeze in when you’re diving at the pool.
Also rare in the sport, she started diving at the late age of 16 after reaching national level status in gymnastics. She stopped gymnastics at 14, took a year off, then on a recommendation from friends she went into diving at the Pan Am Club in Winnipeg. She was also a star track athlete in high school helping Oak Park High School in Winnipeg to provincial indoor and outdoor titles in 2011 and 2012.
Harrison graduated in psychology at the University of Hawaii where she also competed for four seasons on the NCAA circuit. She became the first female diver to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference diver of the year award four years in the row.
She currently resides and trains in Victoria where she is completing her Masters in behavioural neuroscience at the University of Victoria.