Dresden International Youth Diving Meet 2017
Two young divers from Southampton Diving Academy recently represented Team GB at the Dresden International Youth Diving Meet over in Germany.
Emily Martin, aged 16, is no stranger to internationals, having competed in Germany and Russia in 2016, and qualified for the Platform event in Dresden by virtue of being crowned Junior National Champion in Plymouth in January. However her age now sees her in the toughest group, 16 – 18 years and 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 first position after the preliminary rounds diving from the 10m platform – a huge achievement. The finals were very tight, and Emily had to battle hard, eventually taking an amazing silver medal, being narrowly beaten by fellow Team GB diver Ruby Bower (Leeds Diving Club).
Cameron Gammage, aged 15, was selected to represent Great Britain after a consistently solid performance at the British Cup held in Plymouth in January, where he made the finals in both 3m springboard and platform events.
Cameron took part in both 1m and 3m springboard events out in Dresden against the best junior (under 18 years old) divers from all over the world. His consistency was key again, and he reached the finals in both events, holding his nerve to take a bronze on the 3m and a 5th place finish on the 1m, a huge confidence booster in his first international competition.
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.
Coach Lindsey Fraser said “It was a pleasure to see British athletes holding their nerve and diving with such a high level of quality in a tough field of competition.”