Two divers from Southampton Diving Academy travelled to Poznan, Poland to compete in the European Junior Diving Championships from the 3rd to the 7th of July.
Bethany Watts (17) and teammate Georgie Wingrove (17) were selected for this event as a result of their previous performances at the British Gas Junior Elite National Championships and Dresden Youth International.
Watts competed in the girl’s aged 16-18 platform event, where 12 divers were contending. She got off to a strong start amongst some tough competition, finishing 2nd in the preliminary round. Performing an excellent list of dives in the final, Watts secured her place on the medal podium, taking the bronze medal for this event.
British Junior Springboard Champion, Wingrove, was selected for the girls 16-18 years 1m springboard competition, This event matched 25 divers against each other with Europe’s top 12 going through to the Final. Wingrove demonstrated tremendous consistency throughout this immensely competitive event, qualifying for the final in 3rd place.
After an agonizingly close final round and putting in another exceptional set of dives, Wingrove finished in 5th place, within touching distance of a medal.
Both divers competed exceedingly well and assisted in allowing GB to have the most successful European Junior Championships on record, with 11 medals in total.
Both Watts and Wingrove have been recognised in their achievements and have been nominated for the Commonwealth Games long-list of potential athletes, along with fellow SDA teammate Chris Mears, London 2012 Olympic finalist, and coaches Xinde Zhang and Lindsey Fraser.
Coach Lindsey Fraser explained ‘I am so proud of both girls in their final year as a junior diver and look forward to continuing to see them excel as they move up into the senior ranks’