INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 30 FINA MASTERS WORLD DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1m, 3m
springboard and 10m platform; Since 1974, he has competed in seven age groups
(35-39 thru 65-69);
Deininger, born in 1939, grew up on the downtown streets of Cincinnati, Ohio. He
attributes his early tumbling and acrobatic efforts to the local YMCA and his
positive outlook on life to the Junior Optimist Club of Cincinnati. He
transformed his acrobatic moves on the became a natural outlet for somersaults
and twists and John became attached to the sensation of being airborne.
became an Ohio state high school champion which paved the way for college
scholarships at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then at the
University of Washington in Seattle. John was a Junior National Champion atMichigan
and a Collegiate All-American at Washington
where he was undefeated while competing in the West Coast Pac Eight League.
Aspiring to be an architect and in order to finance his last years of
architectural studies, John became a professional diver. Performances from
levels of 100 to 130 feet paid good money! However, now as a professional, his
hopes of Olympic glory were ended, but a new chapter in his diving career began.
Professional diving offered travel, show business, and funding and took his
diving career to new heights…literally. He won the World’s Professional High
Diving Championships in 1964 and achieved top honors in professional contests in
Florida, Las Vegas and Canada. John performed in water-shows and professional
diving contests during the 1960’s and early 1970’s, developing a zany knack for
the comedy side of aquatic entertainment, too.
After graduating from college, John concentrated on developing his architecture
practice. John Deininger Architects A.I.A. employs the discipline and sometimes
the humor that he developed in diving to express in the built-environment.
the idea of a Master’s Diving program emerged, John was quick to embrace the
ideals of Sport for Life! In 1974 he helped organize and participated in the
first Masters National Championship. For the past 31 years, he has been a
supporter of the Master’s Diving concept. John was President of U.S. Masters
Diving for six years and Rules Chairman for four years. He was on the Board of
Directors for USA Diving for 6 years and has been a trustee for the USA Diving
Foundation for the past six years. He has traveled the United States and the
World, competing, organizing, and being a spokesman of sports for adults and
Master’s diving. He is currently president of the World Acrobatics Society, a
group dedicated to preserving the histories and accomplishments of acrobatic
legends throughout the world.
positive message to others is underlined by the ideals of ‘doing by example’.
His ever-present participation in USA National Masters Championships has earned
him over 160 National Championship medals (119 gold, 35 silver, 7 bronze). He
has been a constant force in the international diving scene obtaining 38 medals
in FINA World Masters.
has won championship titles at many international Masters diving events held in
countries such as: Canada, Brazil, Great Britain, Norway, Finland, Lithuania,
and Ireland. Along the way John has established 13 USA National Records and 12
currently enjoys a very active lifestyle. He lives in Seattle, Washington with
his life-mate Carol Ann. Their combined family of 4 adult children and six
grandchildren all live within the
area. John still maintains an architectural practice with U.S. and international
projects. At the age of 65, John attributes much of his good fortune and well
being to his participation in the Masters Diving Program. He intends to continue
until further notice!