Southampton Diving Academy recently hosted their annual Gavin Brown Love to Dive competition which commemorates its talented diver and coach, Gavin Brown, who was tragically killed, aged 22, by a hit-and-run driver in 2007. Gavin was a talented young man, and was a big character on the diving circuit. SDA coaches involved in this competition were inspired by Gavin when they were themselves competitive divers and are now following in his footsteps and are inspiring youngsters as coaches themselves.
The competition attracted clubs from all over the South of England and the 56 strong Southampton Diving Academy team won the team trophy showing their strengths in all age groups, the boys especially dominating the proceedings and winning their team event by a substantial 27 points.
Southampton’s Gold medal came from Jake Batchelor in the boys 14/18 years springboard event, Jake impressed the judges scoring many 7.5’s and performed an outstanding inward dive Tuck from the 3m board. In this age category for the girls Abigail Wales also impressed scoring many 7.5’s and maintaining her top three position throughout the competition, finally finishing with a bronze medal.
SDA dominated in the 8/9 years springboard event with Collette Guyett-Smith winning the Silver for the girls and for the boys Bryn James won Silver and Jake Chandler took the Bronze. Bryn and Jake matching each other dive for dive, scoring many 8’s and 9’s out of 10. Eventually Bryn’s excellent execution of his 3m dives just edged out team mate Jake.
The Girls 12/13 Years saw Chloe Harrington win SDA another bronze, again, with some impressive scores of 8 & 8.5’s.
For most of these divers it was their first competition and to achieve medals in most age groups was a credit to their hard work and commitment.
Girls 8/9 Springboard
2nd Collette Guyett-Smith, 4th Evie Brighton, 8th Dulcie Wilson, 12th Daisy Yeats, 13th Leila Coupal, 17th Meadow Way
Girls 10/11 Springboard
4th Grace Hill, 5th Amy Leneve, 6th Milly Batten, 7th Sofia Sathio, 14th Olivia Perera, 15th Maya Kutty, 17th Olive Ullyatt, 18th Poppy Chandler, 19th Niamh Savage, 20th Holly Hopgood, 21st Ciara-Lily Sturrock, 23rd Mutyat Anibaba, 4th Amelia Newman
Girls 12/13 Springboard
3rd Chloe Harrington, 5th Liberty West, 6th Ella Anderson, 7th Lucie Hill, 8th Kelsey Mills, 9th Chloe Davis
Girls 14/18 Springboard
3rd Abigail Wales, 5th Ellen Cull, 7th Suzanna Burt, 8th Paige Burt, 9th Honor Appleby-Mell
Boys 8/9 Springboard
2nd Bryn James, 3rd Jake Chandler, 4th Robbie Lee, 5th Milo French, 6th Leon Baker, 7th Jamie Akerman, 8th Thomas Gilson
Boys 10/11 Springboard
6th Ashley Burnard, 8th Thomas Crew, 10th James Madden, 13th Aidan McMullan,14th Nathan Bull,15th Andre Dance, 16th Callum Spiers, 17th Hamish Lindsay,21st Finley Hughes, 22nd Sam Jones, 24th Thomas MacFadyen 25th Oakley Clarke, 26th Tyler Rose, 27th Joshua Bascombe, 28th Jack Hinton, 29th William Newman.
Boys 12/13 Springboard
7th Thomas Kelly, 8th Alfie Dudson, 11th Alexander Griffiths, 12th Peter Sutherland.
Boys 14/18 Springboard
1st Jacob Batchelor