Matthew Mitcham dives in as Feast Festival ambassador - and cabaret artist
Olympic diving champion Matthew Mitcham has taken on the role of ambassador for the 2014 Adelaide Feast Festival, and is performing his cabaret show as well.
The gay athlete, who smashed records at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as the first Australian male diver to win gold since 1924 and the only diver in Olympic history to score a perfect 10 from every judge, will be the official face of the Adelaide LGBITQ arts festival, which will be held November 15 - 30.
“I am honoured and stoked to be the 2014 Feast Festival ambassador,” Mitcham said.
“Right now, I'm preparing to again represent Australia and the LGBITQ community at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, but once that is over my sights will be firmly set on representing one of Australia's most exciting festivals, Feast. “I look forward to hanging out with all the Feast family and its supporters in Adelaide come November.”
Mitcham, who is also a talented singer and musician, is bringing his solo cabaret show Twists and Turns to the festival.
Based on his autobiography of the same name, Twists and Turns is a musical exploration of the sometimes darker side of Mitcham's life behind the international spotlight, one plagued by low self-esteem, anxiety and depression, panic attacks, self-harm and drug abuse.
Feast artistic director Catherine Fitzgerald said she was extremely excited to bring Mitcham on board as Festival Ambassador.
“Matthew is a shining light as an incredible sportsman and a wonderful role model for our LGBITQ youth and community,” she said.
“By openly sharing his struggle with his life in the spotlight and his status as a proud gay man he is an inspiration and a beacon for gay and lesbian people everywhere. With Matthew on board Feast is going for gold.”
The full program for Feast will be announced on September 16. Go to feast.org.au