Sheffield’s famous diving brothers Jack and Ross Haslam performed superbly for England at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Ross narrowly missed out on a medal in the 3 metre springboard event taking 4th place with 432 points. His top dive was a forward 2½ somersault with 2 twists that scored a massive 83 points. Jack also dived well finishing the final in 8th place. His best dive was a forward 3½ somersault achieving 71 points. In windy conditions for the 1 metre springboard event, Ross came 7th and Jack 10th. Jack and Ross also combined forces to compete in the 3 metre synchro event where they came 5th with a near personal best score. Excellent execution and synchronisation saw them achieve 77 points with their inward 2½ somersault dive. Accompanying the brothers to Australia, coach Tom Owens said “Jack and Ross have represented Sheffield and England brilliantly both in the pool and as ambassadors for their sport”.
For the consecutive year, Sheffield Diving, won the team trophy at the annual GStar Diving Competition in Leeds. The final medal count for the weekend was 18, 6 golds, 10 silvers and 2 bronzes. Maisie Bond, along with her 3 gold medals, she was the proud winner of the Gavin Brown Trophy. The Gavin Brown Trophy is awarded to the standout performer of the competition. Maisie’s dominance was highlighted in all her performances, qualifying for the final on 3m 81.4 points ahead of her closest rival. Theo Wellington performed consistently well over the weekend, securing 3 medals, 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Group C girls, Jenna Davison finished off her Junior Elite preparation with a gold and a silver. In the Boys C, Harrison and Jack both secured all 3 finals. Harrison’s new dive 107c (7.5m) was his best dive of the meet, scoring 7’s. Jack found consistency in each final, and did 9 dives without dropping a dive. Sheffield Diving’s Group B Boys dominated their age category by securing 4 places out of 6 on both 1m and platform. Amelia Scott finished her weekend off with a high, competing in Girls B 1m and 3m, claiming 2 silver medals. Jessica Vega, Group A Girls, narrowly missed out on the medals. Jess dived confidently and placed 4th 5 points outside the medals. Yasmin Harper led the medal tally for the girls, placing 2nd in her 3m event. Jack and Ross Haslam finished off their Commonwealth Games preparation with 2 medals each with a bonus of both beating the Olympic Champion, Jack Laugher. Good luck to them both in the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Well done to all divers that attended the weekend. Thank you for making your way over to Leeds even in wintery conditions.
A brilliant performance for Team GB saw Sheffield brothers Jack and Ross Haslam claim a silver medal in the 3 metre synchro competition at the Rostock Diving Grand Prix. Achieving a PB of 407 points, they comfortably beat all but the Chinese team of Zong Yuam Wang and Zijie Hu. Jack and Ross scored well throughout the event achieving their highest score with an excellent reverse 1½ somersault with 3½ twists dive for 82 points. Ross also put in a fine performance in the 3 metre springboard individual competition where he finished in 4th place with 427 points. Jack dived well to finish 5th in his semi-final. Sheffield Diving’s Millie Haffety partnered Scarlett Mew Jensen from Dive London in the women’s 3 metre synchro event to win a superb bronze medal. They powered through in the last round to secure the medal with an excellent forward 2 ½ somersault with 1 twist dive that achieved 62 points. Millie and Georgia Davenport also performed well in their individual events after being selected for Team GB following fine performances at the British Championships.
Maisie Bond produced the performance of her spectacularly successful season to win three gold medals at the Senet Diving Cup in Eindhoven. Although open to all age groups the competition is targeted at divers aged 12 and over. Maisie is just 10 years old but she won all three events convincingly. In the 3 metre springboard competition Maisie’s margin of victory was over 50 points, her best dive a superb inward 2½ somersault which achieved 54 points. She won the platform competition by a similar margin and stunned the crowd with a brilliant front 2½ pike dive that scored 55 points. Harrison Hartley was also a triple medallist winning gold in the 1 metre and 3 metre springboard events and silver on platform. Harrison’s highest scoring dive was an inward 2½ somersault on platform which earned 56 points. Joseph Pashley was also a gold medal winner, taking the platform title in the 14/15 years age group. Grace Ally dived superbly to win a silver medal in the equivalent event for girls and Holly Prasanto produced a very consistent series of dives to win bronze on the 1 metre springboard.
Strong team performances were also given by Jessica Vega, Sephora Ford, Oliver Hoban, Adam Charity and Isaac Trueman-Marsden. Coach Nigel Mills said “We are delighted with the team’s performance and are looking forward to even more success at the national junior 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.