Recently, @Ford put out a call for all those employees, agency/contract as well as retirees with a connection to the Olympics, Paralympics and Senior Olympics. Over the coming days, @Ford will share our Blue Oval Olympian stories. Click here for the first installment, which includes an Olympian’s parent, a drummer, a diver, a long distance runner, and more.
In 1976, Ford employee Trevor Simpson was an Olympic diver in the Montreal Olympic Games. Just prior to the competition in the 3-meter springboard event, Simpson’s coach, Johnny Rasch died, delivering a huge blow to Simpson and his teammate.
“It was obviously a big shock when we found out and we spent a few days getting over that, but then got down to training about four or five days before the final.”
His 11 dives received difficulty ratings between 1.6 and 2.8 – landing the 20th place with a total of 450.81 points.
Simpson feels he peaked as a diver around a year or two before the Montreal games, and that diving was never the same after his coach passed away.
He competed in the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, finishing 9th with 466.67 points and then focused on a career in the automotive industry.
A few years ago, Simpson decided to return to diving and now trains with Southend Diving and competes in masters events, including the World Championships earlier this year.
Click here to read an article written by the local Echo-News on Simpson’s experience.
Story submitted by Brian D. Mansfield, Trevor Simpson, Gini Scanlan