Sheffield Diving took a strong squad of 19 divers to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh over the weekend, to compete in the prestigious Scottish National and Open Diving Championships. The four-day competition began with the synchronized diving events. Joseph Pashley and Frankie Curtis dived with strength and authority to take Silver in the Men’s 3m springboard event, whilst Owen Harrison, with his diving partner Brandon Foster of Southampton Diving Academy, won Bronze in the Men’s Platform, competing against a tough field that was won by Tom Daley and Matty Lee. The team’s first Gold medals came on Day Two, through Maisie Bond in the Girls C 3m springboard event and Jordan Houlden in the Mens 1m springboard. Maisie’s achievement was all the more remarkable as she was “diving up”, i.e. competing in the age group above the one she actually belongs in. Equally, for Jordan this was a fantastic result, coming after a two year lay-off due to injury and posting a new club record score of 414.60 in this event. Bronze medals were taken by Harrison Hartley in the Boys B 1m, Amelia Scott (taking part in her first elite competition) in the Girls B 3m, Joseph Pashley in the Boys A 1m and Jessica Vega in the Girls A 3m. The third day saw more medals in the bag for Team Sheffield. Maisie Bond took her second Gold in the Girls C Platform event, with the help of an inward two-and-a-half somersaults in tuck from 7.5 metres, scoring a superb 62.10 points. Jordan Houlden also medaled again, with Silver in the Mens 3m competition. Further Silvers were won by Grace Ally in the Girls B Platform event, and by Oliver Hoban in the Boys A 3m who scored an impressive 448.30 points. Three more medals were added to the tally on the last day of competition. The team’s fourth Gold went to Owen Harrison in the Boys A Platform event, with a huge score of 450.40. Also in the Boys A Platform event, Joseph Pashley won his third medal of the meet by taking Bronze, with two notable scores of 67.20 for an inward three-and-a-half somersaults in tuck and 67.50 for a forward three-and-a-half somersaults in tuck. Finally, also winning her third medal was Maisie Bond, this time with a Silver in the Girls C 1m competition, but completing her domination of the age group. It was another hugely successful event for Sheffield Diving, with a total of 4 Gold medals, 5 Silver and 6 Bronze. All divers in the squad deserve recognition for their efforts, including Jack Burrows, Theo Wellington, Oscar Willcox, Lewis Neilson, Sephora Ford, Isaac Trueman-Marsden, Lucy Hawkins, Elliott Dillon, Harrison Case and Yasmin Harper.
Sheffield Diving took a squad of 9 young divers to the John Charles Sports Centre in Leeds over the weekend, to join 64 other divers from 14 clubs in the biggest testing event in the country. The two-day competition puts the divers through a series of physical and technical tests designed to hone in on the most accomplished diving talent, with a view to inviting the best youngsters to join the Swim England Diving Team Z. This two-year programme supports the divers through a series of training camps and aims to prepare them for the prestigious Junior Elite Championships at the end of the period. The first day consisted of dry-land skills only, which included physical testing of strength, balance and agility, dry-board skills and a diving-based gymnastics routine. The awards were presented by Olympic and Commonwealth Champion diver Jack Laugher and it was a successful day for Sheffield, with the team claiming 5 medals: Gold for Sebastian Willcox in the Boys E category; Silver for Hannah Gowan in Girls E and for Sophie Hancox in Girls D; and Bronze for Archie Biggin in Boys D and Etta Dodsworth in Girls D. Also in the top 6 were Theo Wellington (Boys D) and Jessica Ireland (Girls D). Day 2 was the day for finally getting wet as the competition moved to the pool and gave the children the chance to show off their skills from the 1m, 3m and 5m boards. Sheffield bagged another set of medals, with Sebastian Willcox wining his second Gold in Boys E. Also winning Gold was Hannah Gowan in Girls E, while Theo Wellington took Sheffield’s third podium place with a Bronze in the Boys D category. A top 6 place was achieved by Jessica Ireland in Girls D. The results were then totaled up from both days of the competition to give the overall combined rankings, bringing further success to Sheffield. Sebastian Willcox (Boys E) was awarded his third Gold, with Hannah Gowan (Girls E) also achieving Gold overall. Bronze was awarded to Archie Biggin (Boys D) and top 6 places went to Sophie Hancox and Jessica Ireland (Girls D) and Theo Wellington (Boys D). Great performances from Chloe Strutt and Lucy Maltby also made an important contribution to the squad result.
Sheffield Diving took a team of 4 divers to the Great British Diving Federation Championships in Tunbridge Wells and were joined by 2 divers from Maltby. The Winter Masters is traditionally a less serious competition, with an emphasis put on versatility. Divers must use all three board heights: 1m and 3m springboards and the 5m platform. The first day was the day of the main competition and saw the combined team win a total of 4 medals. Neeltje Stuurman took Bronze in the Women’s 40-49 event with a score of 174.69, while Rich Robinson (Men’s 30-39) also achieved Bronze, scoring 160.95. Representing COSDC for the first time, Iain St. John came away with Gold in the Men’s 16-29 event with a score of 204.95, which was particularly noteworthy as he only decided the day before to compete a new dive, 405C on 3m springboard. Another great performance came from Nick Samaniego in the Men’s 50-59 event. Although Nick’s focus was to simply come along and take part without the worry of contending for medals, he actually won Gold with a score of 155.45. Paul Rhodes of Maltby, in the Men’s 50-59, came a creditable 5th. Day 2 is focussed more on fun and trying new things. There are three types of event: the “Fun” competition, in which only feet-first entries are allowed and must be performed from 2 differing board heights; the “Challenge” competition, where the dive that all divers must perform each round is drawn out of a hat; and the Synchro competition, in which 2 different board heights must be used and 1 dive must be in opposing directions. In the Fun competition, Iain took another Gold, Rich took Silver and, much to her own surprise, Neeltje won Bronze. Neeltje was also in contention for another Bronze in the Synchro, paired with Rich. This was a new pairing and Rich’s first synchro competition, for which the pair had only been training a few weeks. They performed incredibly consistently, scoring between 6s and 8s every round and finishing in 4th place, higher than either of them had expected to reach. The divers wished to record their thanks to their coach, Russ Preece, and to Chris Long of Maltby Diving Club, for their support in a fun, well-run and successful event.
Sheffield Diving attended the first age group competition of the season in Southampton recently. A squad of 17 divers travelled to the event, some participating in their first Age Group competition on a chaperoned trip away from home. The opening day saw 8 Sheffield divers achieving new Personal Best scores, with 8 reaching finals in their events, winning a total of 5 medals between them: 3 silver and 2 bronze. In the Boys Group C 3m springboard finals, Arthur Turner-Rowe improved on his qualifying position of 3rd to claim silver, whilst Nathaniel Greig dived impressively in his second and third dives to take the bronze. Steady dives from Oscar Willcox in the Boys D 1m springboard finals earned him the silver medal, with Lewis Neilson doing well to come back from fifth place to achieve bronze. The final silver of the day was well won by Phoebe Prescott in the Girls Group D platform event. Agonisingly, Katie Garner was pipped to bronze by a mere 0.05 points in the Girls C 3m springboard final. Day 2 begin with bright sunshine and ended with a further 5 medals in the bag for Sheffield, including their first 2 golds, 2 more silvers and another bronze. 11 new Personal Best scores were achieved, with 11 divers reaching the finals of their events. Arthur Turner-Rowe and Nathaniel Greig dominated the Boys C 1m preliminaries, coming in 1st and 2nd respectively. In the final later, Turner-Rowe settled for 4th whilst Greig took a well-deserved gold with the help of the dive of the day – an inward 2½ somersault with tuck scoring a whopping 55.80. Lewis Neilson, Oscar Willcox and Archie Biggin took 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in their Boys D Platform preliminary, with Oscar going on to take gold in the final. Phoebe Prescott consolidated her 2nd place in her preliminary with silver in the Girls D 3m competition; Amelia Scott improved on 4th earlier to win bronze in the Girls B Platform event; and the diver of the day was Nathaniel Greig who won his second medal of the day and third of the meeting, stepping up from 3rd in the preliminary to silver in the Boys C Platform final. The last day brought further success to Sheffield, with a gold medal and a bronze bringing the final tally to 12. In total, 9 divers reached the finals of their events, meaning that Sheffield was represented by at least one diver in each of the day’s 5 finals. 5 divers achieved new Personal Best scores, most notably Callum Bell, who smashed his previous PB for 6 dives on 3m by an impressive 45.70. The medals came in the Boys D 3m competition, in which Lewis Neilson won his second bronze of the meeting and Oscar Willcox his second gold. Willcox stood out as the Sheffield diver of the competition, bringing home a superb two golds and a silver. Charis Bell, Hannah Blake, Daisy Fowler, Lily Godbole, Sophie Hancox, Millie-Rose Hartley, Finlay Morris and Alice Prescott also made solid and important contributions over the three days.
SHEFFIELD DIVING CLUB STORMS THE MEDAL TABLE