British Diving Championships

At a thrilling British Diving Championships in Plymouth, Sheffield Diving won three of the five gold medals in the mens competitions. Jack Haslam produced a huge personal best score to become British Champion on the 3 metre springboard. His total of 438 points was triggered by an immense reverse 3½ tuck that achieved 89 points. After graduating from university in 2017 with a 1st class honours degree in Accounting, Jack decided to dedicate this year to diving to see if he could qualify for the Commonwealth Games and other international tournaments. He has achieved his objective in style. Freddie Woodward joined his close friend Jack as British Champion, taking the 1 metre springboard and 3 metre synchro titles, the latter in partnership with James Heatly from Edinburgh. In the 1 metre event, Freddie dived consistently achieving his highest score with a fine forward 3½ tuck.  Brothers Jack and Ross Haslam took the silver medal in the 3 metre synchro competition and will be hoping to gain selection for the Commonwealth Games as Freddie’s partner James will be representing Scotland. Ross Haslam had an excellent championship winning silver medals in both the 1 metre, 3 metre and 3 metre synchro events. After a brilliant performance in the World Championships in 2017, Ross had significant injury problems that prevented him from training for much of the Autumn, making his results in these British championships particularly impressive. Georgia Davenport dived superbly to win the silver medal in the women’s platform event. Georgia is a very talented diver but she has been plagued by injuries over recent years. In Plymouth her quality was clear to see as she gained a well deserved reward for her determination and resilience. Millie Haffety and Millie Fowler are a very strong synchro partnership which they demonstrated once again by winning silver medals in the 3 metre event. Yasmin Harper paired up with Scarlett Mew Johnson from Dive London Aquatics Club to take the bronze medals.
Millie Haffety also dived extremely well to win bronze medals in the 1 metre and 3 metres springboard events. In both competitions she held her nerve under tremendous pressure to score well on every dive. In the 1 metre competition Millie Fowler came 4th and Evie Webb 7th. Owen Harrison qualified well for top quality platform final finishing in 7th place. Also achieving the very high standard to compete in these championships were Fern Hitchen, Sarah Leach, Richelle Houlden, Tia-Mae McGarry, Joseph Pashley and Oliver Hoban.