Scottish Nationals & ESSA

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.