Maryland high school diver inspires young athletes with book, “A Diver Like Me”

BALTIMORE — A Maryland high school student is making waves in more ways than one, channeling her experiences as a competitive diver into a children’s book aimed at inspiring a new generation of athletes. 

Sanaa Chege, a diver for Seneca Valley High School, has released “A Diver Like Me,” a book based on her own journey in a sport where she often found herself as the only Black competitor at meets.

“I want them to be able to grasp the fact that they can do anything that they put their mind to, whether it be in water or something else,” Chege said, emphasizing the importance of self-belief and perseverance.

Chege’s book dives into the challenges and triumphs of pursuing competitive diving, a path she chose after transitioning from gymnastics, drawn by the allure and safety of water over hard landings. 

“It’s more fun to do a flip and land on the water instead of on the floor where you can get hurt,” Chege said.

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