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The Award Winning Documentary - 25th Anniversary Edition
Challenge / Competition / Loyalty / Faith / Courage
Hobie’s Heroes illuminates these universal themes, as a group of young divers, ages 12-17, strive to improve their skills
under the guidance of famed Olympic diving coach Hobie Billingsley. With toughness and humor, Hobie inspires the divers
to meet a challenge with every ounce of their determination. As the young athletes attempt difficult dives from three stories
above the pool, we empathize with their fears and the pressures they face, and we cheer their triumphs.
Hobie Billingsley was Indiana University’s diving coach from 1959-1989, during which time he led several generations of
divers to National and Olympic championships. Filmmaker Steven Montgomery, a former Junior Olympic diving champion
and graduate of Billingsley’s diving clinic, interviews Hobie, who speaks movingly about the challenges of coaching and
the importance of overcoming feelings of fear and inadequacy, in life as well as in diving. As the divers gain the skill and
confidence to perform stunningly beautiful dives, they express gratitude, as well as admiration for Hobie. He has enabled
them to find courage in the face of a challenge - a capacity they will use the rest of their lives.