Southampton Diving Academy sent a small team of divers to Bradford to attend the Shipley Novices 2015 competition in March. This extremely popular competition was attended by over 200 divers from all over the country, making for a very busy and competitive weekend.
The SDA team were a group of mainly young divers who are new to the competition arena who have come into the sport after being spotted has having potential in the clubs talent programme.
The SDA youngsters dived with confidence and many returned home with score sheets to be proud of, as well as gaining valuable experience of competing away from their home pool; which is a vital part of a young divers development for their future in diving.
SDA’s most noticeable achievement came in the boys 10/11 category which saw 26 boys complete 6 dives each. Nathan Bull showed his skills with his first dive and impressed the judges with scores of 8’s and 8.5’s for his back fall and eventually winning the silver medal.
Team mates, Olive Ullyatt and Maya Kutty, in the girls 10/11 category showed their skills placing top 6 in the largest group of the competition with 45 girls. Olive scored a massive 36.80 for her reverse dive tuck from the 1m which saw her finish in 4th place. Maya’s score sheet showed her scoring 6.5’s to 7.5’s for all her dives, eventually finishing in 5th place, 2 points behind her team mate, Olive.
SDA narrowly missed out on another medal in the boys 8/9 category with Bryn James coming 4th and missing out on 3rd place by only 0.35. This shows great potential for his next competition.
For a novice competition the standard of diving was high and our divers proved their potential withsome fantastic scores. Coach, Callum Weldon, said he was very pleased with the divers results and performance over the weekend. As individuals they have returned home with the confidence to improve and progress. As a team we demonstrated that SDA has a pool of very talented novice divers with a promising future.
4th Bryn James.
2nd Nathan Bull
12th Hamish Lindsay, 13th Thomas MacFayden, 14th Thomas Crew, 21st Alfie Dudson.
14th Jamie Bevan, 19th Jacob Batchelor
4th Olive Ullyatt, 5th Maya Kutty, 25th Amy Leneve
19th Grace Hill
7th Suzanna Burt