Declan Stacey (OA2011) was born in 1993 and attended St Andrew’s Cathedral School from year 7.
Throughout his childhood and teenage years Declan was a gifted gymnast representing St Andrew’s and the country as a member of the Australian National Junior and then Men’s Gymnastics teams from 2006 until 2014. He won a Gold Medal for Floor at the 2011 Youth Commonwealth Games the same year he was studying for the HSC at St Andrew’s.
After graduation Declan moved to Melbourne to pursue gymnastics but after a number of injuries and surgeries his gymnastics career was over. Declan credits St Andrew’s for shaping his Christian understanding and this period of personal hardship for his journey to Christ and committing his life to God in 2014.
Declan transitioned to competitive Diving at the age of 22. Within 11 months Declan competed for Australia at the 2016 Gold Coast International Grand Prix on the 10m platform achieving 3rd place. In 2017, he was selected to represent Australia and made the semi-finals at the World Diving Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Declan also competed in the partnered Synchronized Diving placing 8th in the world.
In 2018, Declan represented Australia at both the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the FINA World Cup Diving in Singapore. He and his diving partner competed in the Synchronised Diving 10 Metre event and achieved Bronze medals at both games. This achievement means that Declan and his diving partner are currently ranked 3rd in the world. They will represent Australia at five international competitions during 2019 and hope as a result to qualify to represent Australia at the 2020 Olympic Games.