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.
As the competition for Commonwealth Games selection hots up, Jack Haslam produced a strong showing at the Scottish National Championships to win silver medals in the 1 metre and 3 metre springboard events. Oliver Hoban was also a double silver medallist in the boys 16+ 1 metre and 3 metre springboard competitions while Holly Prasanto took an excellent gold medal in the 16+1 metre event for girls. Holly also won bronze in the 3 metre competition. Sarah Leach won silver in the 1 metre women’s springboard event with Millie Fowler in 4th place. Millie turned the tables on 3 metre, taking the silver medal and Sarah the bronze; Tia McGarry was 4th and Yasmin Harper 5th. Tia medalled in the platform event winning bronze with Georgia Davenport in 4th place. Sheffield’s other gold medallist was Joseph Pashley in the 14/15 years platform competition with Adam Charity in 5th place. Joseph also won a silver medal on 1 metre with Isaac Trueman-Marshall in 5th place while Adam won an excellent silver medal on 3 metre. In the 14/15 age group for girls, Jessica Vega won silver on platform and came 4th on the 3 metre springboard. Martha Clarke dived well to take 4th place in the 1 metre competition. Head Coach Tom Owens said “our senior divers successfully executed a number of new dives under pressure which prepares them well for the Commonwealth Games trials in the New Year” . A week after the Scottish Championships some of the same divers competed very successfully in the English Schools Diving Championships representing either the North East region or the East Midlands. The North East team won the overall national trophy assisted brilliantly by Maisie Bond and Oscar Willcox who won gold medals in the Junior age events. Jenna Davison with synchro partner James White won a bronze medal. In the Senior competition, Owen Harrison won silver with Jessica Vega taking bronze. Jessica also won a bronze medal with partner Joseph Pashley in the synchro event. Valuable contributions to team scores were given for the North East team by Rebecca Vega, Harrison Hartley, Theo Wellington, Amelia Scott, Sephora Ford, Holly May Prasanto and Harrison Case; and for the East Midlands team by Arthur Turner-Rowe, Grace Ally, Conrad Lewandowski and Oliver Hoban.
Sheffield Diving scooped another ‘top team award’ at the Talent Games in Leeds. It was, in fact, a triple triumph as both the boys’ and girls’ won their separate team awards as well. Leading the onslaught, Archie Biggin produced a storming performance to win 3 gold medals in the 8/9 years age group. Archie dominated the competition to win the dry-land, pool and overall medals. In the same age group for girls, Etta Dodsworth was a double gold medallist with Lucy Maltby taking 2 bronze medals. In the 10/11 years events, Oscar Wilcox performed consistently well, winning 2 gold medals and a silver. Jack Burrows won a silver and a bronze medal with Lewis Neilson taking a bronze. Theo Wellington and Theo Johnson also produced strong performances. Hannah Blake led the way in the 10/11 years events for girls by winning two silver medals. Phoebe Prescott was also a double medallist, winning two bronze. Sophie Mae Hancox, Gabrielle Vickers, Jessica Ireland and Rebecca Vega all made very good contributions to the team victory.
Maisie Bond triumphed spectacularly at the Irish Open Diving Championships by becoming a triple champion. She dominated all her competitions in the 10/11 years age group, winning the 3 metre and platform events by around 40 points. Grace Ally also had a great championship. She too became a triple medallist, winning gold in the 12/13 years platform event and taking the silver medal on 1 metre and 3 metre springboards. In the 14/15 years competitions, Elliot Johnson produced fine performances to complete the Sheffield Diving triple hat-trick. He won gold on 3 metre and silver medals on 1 metre springboard and platform. Sephora Ford, in the same age group for girls, brought home 2 medals, taking silver on the 1 metre springboard and bronze on 3 metre. Clare Cryan was a great ambassador for Sheffield Diving during a 15 year diving and coaching career that brought many national and international honours. She recently moved to the Shamrock Diving Club in Ireland and showed her top class pedigree by winning the women’s 1 metre and 3 metre springboard titles. Strong performances were also given by Jessica Vega, Molly Bulmer, Isaac Trueman-Marsden, Joseph Pashley, Frankie Curtis, Harrison Hartley, Harrison Case, Oliver Hoban and Owen Harrison.