Carson Tyler from Colquitt County buys ticket to Paris

MOULTRIE, Ga. (WALB) – “I was very touched to see my children’s dreams come true that they have been working toward for many years, almost 15 years. Just the flood of emotions that comes over you after praying and praying and seeking God in everything you do for Him and wanting the best for your children and then being able to see them achieve their dream, it was just incredible,” said Tyler’s father, Charlton Tyler.

Carson Tyler of Moultrie punched his ticket to Paris in the men’s 10-meter platform and 3-meter springboard events, becoming the first American since 2000 to join the double-double club by competing in both the platform and springboard at the same Olympics.

“It was a relief for him. He said, ‘I did it.’ It was like he was suddenly able to let go of his feelings. He was able to let go and I think it was just a relief,” said Tyler’s mother, Laura Tyler.

Tyler is the only boy of three girls. His parents knew he was special from the moment he was born.

“Carson was running everywhere. He wasn’t walking, he was running, he was rolling over, over furniture and we weren’t used to that,” Mr Tyler said.

The somersaults and bursts of energy were not in vain. Even at a young age, he knew where he belonged: on the diving board.

“We had three children at the time. Carson was the youngest in tennis class and he hated tennis. So we asked him, ‘Son, what do you want to do if you don’t like tennis?’ And he said, ‘I want to scuba dive.’ The diving well is right behind our tennis courts, so I took him there and every day he had to go for at least an hour to watch the diving. So he’s been hooked on diving since he was five years old,” Mr Tyler added.

The former Packer and two-time GHSA state champion is the first diver from Moss Farms to qualify for the Olympics.

“It was incredible to see him grow up. To see our children grow up around his activities. We planned family vacations around that. We didn’t have a family vacation because we had dive meetings all summer long,” said Mrs. Tyler.

Now the Tylers are planning the vacation of a lifetime. You can support the Tylers’ trip across the pond to Paris by donating to Go Fund Me. Funds raised will benefit Carson’s parents and three sisters.

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