Commonwealth Games: Shaye Boddington added to NZ's dive squad

Shaye Boddington is one of three new divers to be added to New Zealand's squad for the upcoming Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.

It's a remarkable achievement for the 31-year-old, who has recently made a comeback to diving after more than a decade out of the sport.

Boddington was named in the New Zealand Olympic squad for the 2004 Athens Games, but illness forced her to give up on the sport altogether at the age of 17.

She was suffering from bulimia and would vomit up to 30 times a day. But just over a year ago, she made her comeback and has done enough to qualify for the 2018 Games.

"I may have cried," she told Newshub. "I was just so excited. A year and a half ago it wasn't even on my radar - like it was a dream that I'd contemplate.

"I thought if I train hard maybe I could make the Commonwealth Games, but I thought that was a big ask and now here I am, which is exciting.

After lots of time away from the sport, it was the desire to show her young daughter diving that ultimately got Boddington back into the sport.

"I have my three-year-old girl and I was looking for some videos to show her of my diving and I was like 'man I have nothing' -so I decided to come down to the pools to see if I could do anything.

"It was mainly about getting some videos for my daughter, and then after seeing how strong I was, I got curious - and here I am."

Boddington will compete in the 1m women's springboard diving event.

She joins 18-year-olds Anton Down-Jenkins and Yu Qian Goh, who have also been added to the squad.

The trio will join Lizzie Cui and Liam Stone, who were selected in December.

Wellington's Down-Jenkins will contest the 3m men's individual event and the 3m synchronised springboard alongside Stone.   

Goh will team up with Rio Olympian Cui in the women's 3m synchronised springboard, while Boddington gets her shot in the 1m women's springboard.

It is the first time more than two Kiwi divers have been named for any Olympic or Commonwealth Games.