SDA vs Berlin 2015
A team of SDA’s top divers recently travelled to Berlin for their bi-annual training camp and club competition. 6 girls and 7 boys aged from 10 to 15 years travelled to the German Capital with Director of Coaching Lindsey Fraser and Senior Coach Jack Clewlow.
Each year the Berlin and SDA club alternate in traveling to each others club to participate, this year, it was the turn of Berlin to host Southampton.
SDA use this trip to educate their top divers of all age groups for any future GB/England International competitions they may qualify for, emulating the experience by encouraging the youngsters to train, eat, sleep and compete as they would on an International competition for their Country. The older divers in the group did, in fact, compete against German Junior International divers.
After three days of training in the fantastic facilities available at the Berlin Club the young British divers took to the boards for their competition. The first day saw the boys compete on platform and the girls the 3m Springboard, resulting in SDA winning seven medals. The girls achieved a bronze medal in each age group. Milly Batten in the 10/11 years and Evie Johnson in the 12/13 years. In the girls 14/15 years the two top spots were taken by two German Junior European 3m divers closely followed by Southampton Diving Academys Emily Martin in Bronze , Lucy Hawkins 4th and Tanya Watson 5th. The youngest boys, in the 10/11 years category, competed with dives freshly learned on the camp, resulting in some good scores. Milo French finished in Bronze, Robbie Lee 4th and Leon Baker 5th. The boys in the 12/13 years age group, Cameron Gammage and Angus Kerr both demonstrated some consistent diving, Angus won Gold with some fantastic entries and Cameron won Bronze. The other gold for the day came from some outstanding diving from an ‘on form’ Thomas Bailey in the boys 14/15 platform event. Thomas stayed strong to see off the top German diver and take SDA’s second gold. Unfortunately, teammate Brandon Foster withdrew through injury after his second dive.
In the second day of competition the girls competed on Platform and the boys on 3m springboard. Once again the youngest boys, in the 10/11 years, enjoyed showing off their newly learned dives with Milo French taking his second medal of the competition, this time the silver. Team mates Leon Baker 4th & Robbie Lee 5th. In the boys 12/13 years Cameron Gammage finished just 1.35 points short of the gold medal position, collecting the silver, ahead of teammate Angus Kerr in 4th place. In the boys 14/15 Years Thomas Bailey was once again very strong, performing a reverse two and half somersaults for the first time in competition and comfortably securing his second medal of the meet taking the silver, the only diver ahead of him a German Junior European Medallist. Brandon Foster finished 4th ending with his newly perfected double twisting dive.
The girls ended the competition on platform where the younger girls, again, won a bronze medal each, Milly Batten and Evie Johnson in the 10/11 years and 12/13 years. The older girls were once again rubbing shoulders with a German Junior European diver, however, SDA’s GB Junior European platform diver, Emily Martin, performed a steady list including two new impressive 10m dives to comfortably win the gold and was joined on the podium by teammate Lucy Hawkins collecting the silver medal. Tanya Watson finished in 4th place.
The team then enjoyed an afternoon of bowling with the Berlin divers before returning home the following day.
Director of coaching , Lindsey Fraser said “this was an extremely successful training camp, combining new up and coming members of the SDA squad with seasoned International divers, and their performances reflected the hard work they put in”