Gavin Brown Love to Dive 2017
Southampton Diving Academy once again hosted the annual Gavin Brown Love to Dive novice competition, which commemorates former SDA diver and coach, Gavin Brown. Gavin was tragically killed, aged just 22, by a hit and run driver in 2007. He was a talented young man and was a big character on the diving circuit. Coaches across the country hope to inspire their divers in the way that Gavin inspired all he dived with and so enthusiastically coached.
Clubs from across the South attended but Southampton Diving Academy emerged confident victors, retaining the team trophy for another year. The event sees novice divers competing 6 dives each, 3 from the 1m Springboard and 3 from the 3m Springboard. Many of these divers have never competed before and some have only been diving for a few months.
The day got off to a cracking start with the youngest divers in action in the 8/9 years category. Megan Thorpe showed great future potential rising to the top in the Girls competition, winning the gold by a comfortable margin; Ellie Evans and Isabelle Geary showing promise coming in 4th and 5th place. Ethan Pearce-Williams took the gold with 21 points to spare in the boys event for the same age, Thomas Sunderland dived consistently to take 4th place, with new boys Euan Powell and Arthur Ullyatt tying for 5th place.
In Boys 10/11 years Ryan Spiteri took silver, with teammates Oliver Wignall, Thomas Gilson and William Moody all within 0.35 points of one another taking 4th, 5th and 6th spots. A really close battle for these boys.
Over in the Girls 10/11years, the largest group of the day with 37 divers, Millie Boyes fought hard to take 6th place with only 11 points between 1st and 6th, it was a very tight finish.
The medals didn’t stop there, in the Boys 12/13 years, Sonny Rossiter took the silver with very consistent scoring throughout, Max Blake nicked the bronze just 0.3 points ahead of Harris Oldroyd in 4th spot with teammates Alex Morris and Ethan Price taking 5th and 6th, again separated by the narrowest of margins.
Meanwhile in the Girls 12/13 years Emma Bolton showed her class taking gold with a healthy 13 point buffer, teammate Amy Leneve – back competing after a very long break from training through injury – took the bronze. 4th, 5th and 6th spots also claimed by SDA divers Mia Santana-Martin, Amber Woodford and Olivia Williams. Just 4 points between 3rd and 6th places.
In the boys 14/18 years, Finlay McGregor took the silver, with Luca Foyster fighting off competition from West Wilts to take the bronze and Harry Rosa a very close 5th
Meanwhile the Girls 14/18 years was no less tight at the top with Amelia Harris taking the silver.
Jack Clewlow, head coach, was exceedingly pleased with the success of the day. ‘It is fantastic to see all these children at the start of their diving careers having a wonderful time. It is evident that the Regional camps which are run in Southampton with the support of the South East Regional ASA, are allowing the local clubs to increase the number and quality of divers at this grass-roots stage of the sport”
1st Megan Thorpe,4th Ellie Evans, 5th Isabelle Geary, 7th Erin Gilson, 8th Isabelle Bennett, 9th Katie Palmer,
10th Evie Tierney, 11th Erin Grace Dowling, 12th Hannah Cheung
1st Ethan Pearce – Williams, 4th Thomas Sunderland, 5th Euan Powell = Arthur Ullyatt, 7th Caleb Williams
6th Millie Boyes, 8th Darshi Rana, 10th Millie Groth, 14th Abigail Tompkins, 18th Imogen Fitzsimmons,
19th Olivia Szymczak, =20th Emily Jerrim, 26th Elizabeth Hart, 29th Pippa Heyes, 30th Pippa Stewart,
32nd Victoria-May Kelly, 33rd Zharita Barwicz34th Lilly Jones, 35th Alissa Cleal, 36th Ella Jagger, 37th Megan Durkin
2nd Ryan Spiteri, 4th Oliver Wignall, 5th Thomas Gilson, 6th William Moody, 8th Reuben Havenga, 10th Leo Tegg,
14th Jake Niziolek, 17th James Staniford, 18th Ewan Simpson, 19th Travis Stafford, 20th Harry Maynard,
21st Alex Morrison, 22nd Jack Elcock, 23rd Dylan Andoh
1st Emma Bolton, 3rd Amy Leneve, 4th Mia Santana-Martin, 5th Amber Woodford, 6th Olivia Williams, 10th Rachel Cleal, 11th Zoë Johnson, 12th Amelie Goosey, 13th Jessica Tompkins, 14th Ashleigh Mpofu, 16th Isabel Gough, 17th Hannah Reed, 18th Hayley Driver, 19th Jessica Soulsby, 20th Mia Rattley, 21st Skye Denyar
2nd Sonny Rossiter, 3rd Max Blake, 4th Harris Oldroyd, 5th Alex Morris, 6th Ethan Price, 7th Max Cleverly, 8th Samuel Emmett, 9th Haydn Dunn, 10th Charlie Feltham
2nd Amelia Harris, 7th Emma Burnage, 8th Heather Aitken
2nd Finlay McGregor, 3rd Luca Foyster, 5th Harry Rosa, 7th Josh Longman, 9th Joshua Boneham, 10th Michael Taylor