Crowning a special year of achievement, Ross Haslam performed brilliantly at the World Diving Championships in Budapest to come 10th in the 1 metre springboard event and 11th in a high-scoring 3 metre competition. Ross earned his place on the GB team by winning the British Championships in Edinburgh last month with a personal best score. In Budapest he raised his PB in the 3 metre event to 452 points with a superb sequence of dives. Ross performs twisting dives exceptionally well and scored his highest marks in both the 1 metre and 3 metre events with forward twisting dives that scored 73 and a massive 86 points respectively. The 3 metre event was won by Siyi Xie of China with Patrick Hausding of Germany taking silver and Ilya Zhakarov of Russia bronze. Ross said “I’ve had a fantastic time competing against such great divers here in Budapest and look forward to challenging them again in years to come.” Tom Daley led the medal success for GB winning silver in the team event with Grace Reid and then winning the 10 metre individual gold medal during which he was given 12 maximum scores.
One week after taking the team trophy in the National Age Group Championships, Sheffield’s divers are celebrating a superb international triumph, winning the team trophy in the Sofia Diving Cup in Bulgaria. Led by coaches Nigel Mills, James Milton and Sam Hydes, the team beat clubs from countries such as Russia, Turkey and Romania to take the overall team title. Maisie Bond continued her podium-topping excellence by winning gold medals on both 1 metre springboard and platform. Her best dive was a front 2½ somersault on platform that scored over 45 points. Millie Fairhurst-Marshall was also a double gold medallist in the 1 metre and 3 metre 16+ years competitions. Millie dominated her events, winning each by over 20 points. Double medal success was also achieved by Richelle Houlden and Jessica Vega. Richelle won gold in the 12/13 years platform event and silver on 3 metre springboard, while Jessica took gold and silver in the 14/15 years 1 metre and 3 metre springboard competitions respectively. Martha Clarke won the bronze medal in the 1 metre event. Isaac Trueman-Marsden and Joseph Pashley continued the ‘double-medal’ winning sequence. Isaac was the gold medallist in the 14/15 years platform event with Joseph taking silver. Isaac also won silver on the 3 metre springboard with Joseph taking the silver medal on the 1 metre springboard. Adam Charity won the bronze medal in the 3 metre competition. The team trophy was won by accumulating the results of every diver. Great contributions to this success were made by Amelia Scott, Poppy Bond, Sephora Ford, Jack Burrows, Harrison Hartley, James White, Arthur Turner-Rowe, Noah Prasanto and Declan Rogan.
Brilliant performances at the National Age Group Diving Championships saw Sheffield Diving win the overall team title with coach Nigel Mills taking the top coach award. Leading the medal haul was Maisie Bond who dominated the 10/11 years category by winning gold medals on the 1 metre springboard and platform. She also took the silver medal behind team mate Jenna Davison’s excellent gold medal winning performance on the 3 metre springboard. In the same age group for boys, Jack Burrows won a superb gold medal on platform. Gold was also the colour for Elliot Johnson who took the 1 metre springboard title in the 14/15 years age group. Declan Rogan has had an excellent season. He continued his fine series of results with two medals in the 12/13 years events. He won silver on 1 metre and bronze on platform. Sephora Ford was also a double medallist winning silver medals in the 14/15 years 3 metre springboard competition and pairing up with Charis Bell to also take silver in the 14+ years synchro event. Sheffield Diving had more synchro success with Noah Prasanto and James White winning bronze in the 10/13 years events and Amelia Scott and Poppy Bond also winning bronze in the equivalent event for girls. Arthur Turner-Rowe won Sheffield’s 13th medal when he took the bronze medal in the 12/13 years 3 metre springboard event. Strong performances were also produced by Theo Wellington, Oscar Wilcox, Nathaniel Greig, Finlay Morris-Evans, Bron Jenkinson, Callum Bell, Rebecca Vega, Grace Ally, Lily Godbole, Katie Garner, Daisy Fowler, Millie-Rose Hartley and Lydia Campbell.
A superb personal best of 395 points saw Sheffield’s Freddie Woodward and synchro partner James Heatly, from Edinburgh, secure bronze medals at the European Diving Championships in Kiev. Lying in 4th place through most of the competition, Freddie and James scored over 78 points in the last round with their forward 2 ½ somersaults, 2 twists piked dive to overtake the German pairing of Patrick Hausding and Stephan Feck. The gold medal was won by Evgeni Kuznetsov & Ilia Zakharov of Russia. Ross Haslam also produced an excellent performance at the championships to take 5th place in the final of the 3 metre springboard event. In a high quality sequence of dives, Ross thrilled the packed arena by scoring over 82 points with his reverse 1½ somersault with 3½ twists. Following an outstanding week of competition, the Great Britain team came 3rd in the medal table behind Russia and the Ukraine.
Ross Haslam produced some fantastic performances at the 2017 British Diving Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh to take three gold medals last weekend. His peak achievement was winning the 3 metre springboard competition with a personal best score of 438 points, smashing his previous PB by over 20 points. Brother Jack Haslam came 5th with Freddie Woodward 8th. Ross then teamed up with Jack to take the 3 metre synchro title by 12 points from silver medallists Freddie Woodward and James Heatly from Edinburgh. The Haslam brothers are brilliant twist dive specialists and produced a superb reverse 1½ somersault with 3½ twists dive to close out the competition. Ross’s final gold medal came in the mixed 3 metre synchro event with partner Millie Fowler, narrowly defeating Kayleigh Sinclair and Aidan Heslop from Plymouth. Inspired by this result and an excellent series of domestic and international results in 2017, Millie then dived superbly to win a silver medal in the individual 3 metre springboard competition. Team mates Millie Haffety and Fern Hitchin came 4th and 5th respectively in this event. Yasmin Harper brought another gold medal back to Sheffield, teaming up with Scarlett Mew Jensen from Dive London Aquatics Club to win an excellent gold medal in the 3 metre sychro event. Millie Haffety and Millie Fowler took the silver medal. Tia McGarry came 7th in the 10 metre platform final achieving a personal best at the end of a very successful season. Owen Harrison came 6th in the mens platform final scoring 8’s on three of his dives. Elliot Beeden performed outstandingly in the Mens 10 metre prelim with a fantastic senior PB. Elliot finished in 8th place in the final, his second British individual platform final to date. The team finished second overall in the medal table.