Leeds hosted this year’s annual Spring Masters competition. Sheffield Diving had 5 competitors taking part in the 2 day event. Former Olympian Jane Cooke (formerly Smith) dominated her category by claiming 2 gold medals and performing dives our juniors would be proud of. Richard Robinson secured a gold medal on 1m with a sterling back dive pike, scoring 7s. Richard also became champion on 3m, he still managed to hold his performance together after a dreaded failed dive. Steven Lingard, former National Age Group medallist came 1st on both 1m and 3m board. Shaun continued the success from the weekend securing a gold and bronze meal. Neeltje added a bronze medal to her growing collection. This is Sheffield Diving’s largest success in masters in recent history, well done competitors.
Sheffield Diving competed in the immensely competitive G-Star diving competition, held in Leeds. This event the event included divers from around the world from the USA, UAE and Ireland. Over the 3 days Sheffield Diving has 23 competitors, including our Olympic diver, Freddie Woodward. A total of 15 medals were won at the championships, 2 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronzes. Ross Haslam followed up on his success from National Cup by claimed 2 bronze medals in the Men’s A+ 1m and 3m. Jenna Davison had a fantastic start to her weekend by claimed gold in the Girl’s D 1m Final. Jenna then went on to claim a 2nd place on 5m and 4th on 3m. In the same event, Maisie Bond completed a hatrick of medals winning bronze on all 3 boards. Sheffield Diving dominated the Girl’s A 1m Final with 4 out of 6 competitors representing COSDC. Millie Haffety lead the pack claiming 2nd with Yasmin, Sarah and Fern following behind. Girls A 3m Millie Fowler claimed 2nd place with a superb forward 2.5 somersaults 1 twist. Our world medallist, Owen Harrison claimed 3rd place in a scintillating Men’s A Platform Final with the top 3 divers all scoring 8’s, 8.5’s and some 9’s. Jessica Vega showed some great form getting into the final of Girl’s B 1m and went on to win bronze. Oscar Willcox followed up from his first age group competition, NER, with 3 great performances. Oscar was the only boy to make all 3 finals, in his 2nd age group competition. Richelle showed her class by being crowed the champion of Girl’s C 3m and easily securing finals on 3m and Platform. The grittiest performance came of Jack Burrows, in his prelim he was awards 1.5s and scored of total of 8.80 points on his inward 1.5 somersaults. Jack secured a final in 6th place by 0.65 and went on to win bronze medal in the final. Other notable performances came from Freddie Woodward, Theo Wellington, Raffael Benitez, Harrison Case, Harrison Hartley, Callum Bell, Oliver Hoban, Bron Jenkinson, Conrad Lewandowski, Elliot Beeden, Finlay Morris, Adam Charity, Francis Curtis, Joseph Pashley, Elliot Johnson, Isaac Trueman-Marsden, Noah Prasanto, Declan Rogan, Arthur Turner-Rowe, James White, Millie Fairhurst-Marshall, Molly Bulmer, Holly May Prasanto, Georgia Davenport, Tia McGarry, Martha Clarke, Millie-Rose Hartley, Charis Bell, Sephora Ford, Daisy Folwer, Katie Garner, Poppy Bond, Amelia Scott and Lily Godbole
Four of Sheffield Diving’s finest travelled to Canada Cup to represent GB, Jack and Ross Haslam, Millie Folwer and Millie Haffety. All the divers had multiple competitions spanning over 4 days. Ross Haslam competed in a mammoth 3 events, individual, synchro and mixed synchro. Both Millie’s and Jack had to do 2 events. Brothers Jack and Ross Haslam narrowly missed out on a medal in 3m synchro competition. Their last dive, a reverse 1.5 somersaults with 3.5 twists scored them a huge 76 points but was not enough as they placed in 4th only 4 points behind the Americans. Millie and Millie dived superbly finishing 6th in their synchro event. In the mixed synchro, Ross and Millie claimed 4th place, just missing out on the pick of the medals. Both Ross and Millie Folwer dived very well in securing their individual events by diving into their first semi-final for GB. The success of the event came from Millie Haffety on the 3m springboard finishing with a personal best of 294 in 4th place.
Sheffield Diving attended the diving event of the year, National Elite Junior Championships. After a gruelling week for divers, coaches and volunteers Sheffield Diving came away with 7 medals, 3 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze. Millie Haffety, who had her best competition to date the week before in Gatineau, Canada, led a Sheffield Diving shut out with Yasmin Harper taking the silver medal, and Sarah Leech taking home the bronze medal in the Women’s A 1m event. Yasmin Harper completed her nationals off with claiming the silver medal in the Women’s A 3m event. Owen Harrison won gold with Brandon Foster, SDA, in the Boys 16+ Platform Synchro event. Owen then went on to win silver in his individual event, he scored 9’s on his armstand and 9.5’s on 405C. Richelle Houlden added to her growing collection of gold medals by winning the 12/13 years 3 metre. Jessica Vega and Harrison Case both came 4th in their respective events, just missing out on medals. Great job by Joseph Pashley, Oliver Hoban and Raffael Benitez who made finals to finish top 6 in the country. Issac Trueman-Marsden, Francis Curtis, Adam Charity, Harrison Hartley, Holly-May Prasanto, Molly Bulmer, Millie Fairhurst-Marshall and Martha Clarke also performed well in their events.
March 11th saw divers return for NER Leg 2. The divers concluded the event by competing in their respective boards. On the day Sheffield Diving walked away with 26 medals that included 9 Gold, 9 Silver and 8 Bronze medals. Ross Haslam produced a master class in the Mens Open 3m by cruising to victory by 64 points. Millie Haffety and Millie Fowler both won medals in their individual events by coming 3rd and 2nd, respectively. Later in the day they were back in action but diving as a pair. The girls came away with the title by scoring 247.47. Sephora Ford and Maisie Bond completed their clean sweep of the medals by winning a total of 3 golds. Jack Burrows narrowly missed out 3 golds in the championship, Owen Taylor beat him by 0.55 on 1m. Jack subsequently finished win 2 golds and a silver. Jenna Davison and Elliot Johnson both battled hard and came away with 3 silvers each. Oscar Willcox improved upon his Leg 1 result, 4th, with a 3rd place finish in one of the days first events and later in the day finished in 2nd place. Millie Rose-Hartley produced her performance of the meet by coming 2nd place in Girls B 3m. Boys C 1m was a thoroughly contested event with Sheffield Diving filling the medal rostrum with Declan 1st, Noah 2nd and Arthur 3rd. Callum Bell won his first medal of the competition by placing 3rd in Boys A 3m with Bron taking the gold medal. Millie Fairhurst-Marshall dived well and secured a 3rd place finish. Frustratingly, Amelia Scott finished the championships with 3 4th place finishes. Amelia narrowly missed out on a medal by 0.45 points. Finlay Morris won bronze in the Boys B 1m. Congratulations to all divers that represented COSDC in both legs.