Crisp, my aged companion, looked at the towers and I thought she was stumped for something to say which would have been a first.
“When I was in Year 10 at Our Lady of the Immaculate Virgin I entered the diving competition at our school swimming carnival. There was the normal diving board and then there was the tower and only a few brave and experienced girls were allowed to dive from there. I convinced my teachers I was experienced and very confident. I think in hindsight they let me go up there just to let find out how incompetent I was.
My first realization was how many steps I had to climb, I was puffed by the time I reached the top. My second realization was how far I was going to fall.”
Crisp gave a shudder before adding: “Let’s say my effort was a talking point for some time after.”