Scottish National and Open Diving Championship 2018

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.