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Long road to London for Broben
Liam FitzGibbon
07:33 AEST Fri Aug 10 2012

She's only 16, but the road to becoming an Olympic silver medallist has been a long one for Brittany Broben.

While the Gold Coast schoolgirl has only been in the sport for five years, her mother has clocked up hundreds of thousands of kilometres of driving just to keep her Olympic dream alive.

Attending Marymount College on the Gold Coast but training in Brisbane, Broben and her mother Janine have made 16 trips up and down the Pacific Highway most weeks during the past four years.

It all paid off to the tune of an Olympic medal on Thursday night, and while Janine said it was big reward, it was never a chore.

"She believed in herself for a long, long time and always said `let's keep going let's keep going' so it didn't faze me to do the driving, I just did it," Janine told AAP.

"She never complained about getting up in the morning and she never said `I don't want to do it'.

"She juggled school and this and the distance, so I just said `you're making sacrifices and we'll make sacrifices too."

A former gymnast, Broben got into diving aged 11 after Chantelle Newbery encouraged her to trial in a talent identification program.

As the first product of Newbery's program, Janine paid tribute to the 2004 Olympic gold medallist's influence.

"Chantelle has really has been a great mentor for her," she said.

"I couldn't even imagine what she'd be doing now, she couldn't get here unfortunately, but she's been a really good mentor."

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