International Youth Diving Meet DRESDEN 2013

Sarah White & Bethany Watts

At the end of April a team of three divers from the Southampton Diving Academy travelled to Dresden, Germany to represent Great Britain in the 3rd Dresden Junior International Youth Meet.

This event has entrants from nations all over Europe. Canada and Australia also sent teams this year.

Georgie Wingrove

All 3 divers were competing in events for the 16 plus age group, Bethany Watts and Sarah White on Platform and Georgie Wingrove, who has competed in all 3 of these annual events, on 1m Springboard.

 

Topping the performances was Bethany Watts, following a steady set of required dives Bethany slipped off the pace a little with her prelim Optional dives, she made up for this, having made the final in 7th place she competed with far more aplomb which saw her finish with a score of 7.5’s from all the judges for her front 3.5 somersaults in the pike position, pushing team mate White off of the podium and deservedly winning a Bronze medal.

Sarah White dived extremely consistently throughout both the prelim and final events and finished a very respectable 4th; both girls achieved PB scores that meet the standard to put them in the pot for selection for this years Junior European Diving Championships in Poznan, Poland in July.

Coming off the back of winning her first Junior National Title our final representative Georgie Wingrove competing on 1m put in a steady performance in the prelims and just managed to make the final in 12 place. This was an extremely strong competition leaving very little room for error with 21 divers from the competing nations all gunning for a top 12 position to make the final.

Georgies finals performance was far stronger and she lifted herself to 6th with a superb set of finals dives, and in so doing also achieved the Junior European standard. Overall, up against stiff competition, the Southampton girls on the British team put in some determined performances it was a great achievement to be asked to represent their Country.