Peter Waterfield Novice 2016
Divers from across the south of England descended upon Southampton at the weekend to compete in the Peter Waterfield Novices Competition. Hosts, Southampton Diving Academy, proved that there is plenty of Southampton talent coming through by taking 22 top six places and winning 6 gold, 8 silver and 2 bronze medals.
This event, held annually at The Quays diving complex, is known as a ‘Skills’ level competition and sees the divers aged 13 and under performing a set of 12 skills from three stations:- poolside, 1m and 3m springboard, whilst divers aged 14 and above perform ten dives from the 1m and 3m springboard. Some of these divers are just setting out on their competitive careers and this is a chance to compete against other clubs and set their benchmark whilst others aspire to move onto the next competitive level.
The event got off to a great start for SDA as they took a clean sweep on the podium in Boys 8/9 years with Luke Hardy taking the gold, James Nicholson the silver and Reuben Havenga the bronze all scoring well over the required qualification for National Finals next year. Girls 8/9 years was also dominated by SDA divers, with Anjali Kutty scoring perfect 10’s for her back tuck jump from poolside to take the gold, Maija Adamson in silver and Olivia Szymczak in bronze.
Boys 10/11 years was yet another 1-2-3, or actually a 1-2-2 for SDA as Oliver Covell blew the opposition away with the highest final score of the competition which he achieved with 2 of his dives scoring straight 10’s from all judges. Illan Stead and Bevan Woolley were also in stunning form to take joint second position.
Boys 12/13 years saw Samuel Stevens taking the gold from ahead of team mate Jacob Smith, who managed to just steal the silver from his Dive London rival by 0.35 points. Emma Bolton put in a strong performance in Girls 12/13 years to take the silver medal.
In Boys 14/15 years, Dylan Jewitt stormed through to take the gold ahead of Thomas Macfadyen in silver, whilst Chloë Harrington blew the opposition away in Girls 14/15 years to take the gold from Megan Curtis who took silver having just returned after injury.
Other divers collecting top six medals were: Jamie Akerman (4th) in the boys 10/11 years. Isaac Beard (5th) & Kai Lanham (6th) in the boys 12/13 Years. Hamish Lindsay (6th) in the boys 14/15 years. Ella Anderson (4th) & Annabel Foster (5th) in the girls 14/15 years.
Lindsey Fraser, Southampton’s Director of Coaching said ‘I was delighted our youngsters are following in the footsteps of our more elite divers and performed many excellent dives.’
Girls 8/9 Years
1st Anjali Kutty, 2nd Maija Adamson, 3rd Olivia Szymczak, 7th Millie Boyes, 15th Abigail Tompkins, 16th Imogen Fitzsimmons, 25th Victoria-May Kelly, 26th Pippa Heyes
Boys 8/9 Years
1st Luke Hardy, 2nd James Nicholson, 3rd Reuben Havenga, 8th Oliver Wignall, 9th Drew Brightwell, 12th Dylan Andoh
Girls 10/11 Years
9th Ashleigh Mpofu, 16th Leila Coupal, 19th Amber Woodford, 21st Darshi Rana, 22nd Millie Groth, 24th Rachel Cleal, 25th Emily Jerrim,
32nd Jessica Soulsby
Boys 10/11 Years
1st Oliver Covell, 2nd = Illan Stead = Bevan Woolley, 4th Jamie Akerman, 13th Thomas Gilson, 15th Ryan Spiteri, 17th Sonny Rossiter, 19th Max Blake
Girls 12/13 Years
2nd Emma Bolton, 10th Amelia Harris, 12th Mia Santana-Martin, 13th Connie Mason, 18th Zoë Johnson, 21st Jessica Tompkins, 24th Isabel Gough, 25th Hayley Driver, 26th Emma Burnage
Boys 12/13 Years
1st Samuel Stevens, 2nd Jacob Smith, 5th Isaac Beard, 6th Kai Lanham, 9th Luca Foyster, 10th Harris Oldroyd, 13th Joshua Boneham, 14th Michael Taylor
Girls 14/15 Years
1st Chloë Harrington, 2nd Megan Curtis, 4th Ella Anderson, 5th Annabel Foster, 10th Astrid Davis, 12th India Bari, 13th Victoria Low, 15th Kelsey Mills
Boys 14/15 Years
1st Dylan Jewitt, 2nd Thomas MacFadyen, 6th Hamish Lindsay, 8th Max Targett, 9th Thomas Crew, 11th Finlay MacGregor, 12th Bradley Light, 13th Joshua Longman, 14th Harry Rosa