A team of 31 divers form SouthamptonDivingAcademy travelled to Plymouth on the 5th & 6th May to take part in the National Skills Finals. Southampton divers reached the heights with impressive results in this two-day event held at Plymouth’s Life Centre. This is the biggest diving event of the year at this level and 314 divers from across Britain took to the boards, all trying to demonstrate a set of perfect dives to win the title of National Skills Champion.
Top Achiever for SDA was Callum Weldon. Performing some impressive diving form the 1m & 3m springboards Callum won the the Boys 14+ years event making him National Champion at this age group.
In the Boys 12/13 years, Alfie Lakeman-Brown showed confidence scoring 8.5 out of ten from all judges for his back dive tuck on1m securing himself a 5th placing.
For the girls, Tia Pritchard dived consistently winning 4th place in the 10 year old event. Jessica Bennett also won 4th place in the 12 Year old event scoring several 8’s and even a 9. These two girls had been part of the Talent Identification Programme. The aim of the programme was to seek out youngsters to be fast tracked in the sport with a view to competing at national level and under the watchful eye of Great Britain coaches Xinde Zhang and Lindsey Fraser they certainly have excelled in this scheme.
This was a very high standard competition and SDA’s divers were proof of the success of its Hampshire-wide programme. Many of them, throughout the age groups achieved personal bests.
Senior Coah, Jack Clewlow was extremely happy with SDA’s success “This national event helps us see how our Southampton divers are able to compete against the rest of the country at this early stage in their diving careers. Our Southampton-based divers were up there with the best from the rest of England. We saw some great individual performances and a lot of strength in depth with solid performances from across the team.”