Dresden International Youth Diving Meet 2018
Two young divers from Southampton Diving Academy recently represented Team GB at the Dresden International Youth Diving Meet over in Germany, with a further SDA diver representing her home country of Finland.
Cameron Gammage, aged 16, was selected to represent Great Britain after a consistently solid performance at the British Cup held in Plymouth in January, where he made the final in the 1m springboard event.
Cameron took part in both 1m and 3m springboard events out in Dresden against the best junior divers aged 16 – 18 years from all over the world. He performed some really solid dives, and was just edged out of the finals on both boards, however as one of the younger divers in the field with a considerably lower degree of difficulty than the older boys, he did extremely well to get within touching distance of those finals.
Emily Martin, aged 17, is no stranger to internationals, having competed in Malaysia and Singapore in 2017 representing the senior GB squad. She qualified for the Platform event in Dresden by virtue of her past international performances. She needed to be on top form to see off the competition in Germany. And top form she was, finding herself qualifying for the finals in third place after the preliminary rounds diving from the 10m platform. The finals were very tight, but Emily focused beautifully taking on and beating a German Olympic diver to be crowned champion. Cause for much celebration back at home.
Lauren Hallesalka made both 1m and 3m springboard finals, finishing in 9th and 8th positions respectively, representing Finland, but as much an SDA diver as Cameron and Emily.
British Diving were delighted with the performances from the youth squad and Southampton Diving Academy are firmly established as a team with bright international prospects ahead.
SDA and GB Coach Jack Clewlow said “Dresden is one of the largest Youth International events for diving in the calendar, seeing the Southampton divers and the British team performing to such a high standard and being so competitive in this environment is fantastic”