SHEFFIELD DIVING CLUB STORMS THE MEDAL TABLE
Sheffield’s Ross Haslam has won a superb silver medal in the 3 metre springboard competition at the Fina Diving Grand Prix in Bolzano. Ross led the Sheffield Diving contingent, that also included brother Jack and Freddie Woodward, with an excellent score of 426 points. All but one of his six dives exceeded 70 points; his strongest dive, a reverse 3½ somersault achieving 77 points. Freddie reached the semi-final and Jack performed well in the preliminary competition. Freddie Woodward also came 5th in the 3 metre synchro event with James Heatly from Edinburgh. Their best dive was a front 2½ twist with 2 somersaults achieving 75 points. Ross’s exceptional season includes representing GB at the Commonwealth Games (as did brother Jack) and winning two medals at other international diving competitions.
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.