Junior Elite 2016

The British Elite Junior Diving Championships 2016
SOUTHAMPTON DIVING ACADEMY (SDA) recently attended The British Elite Junior Diving Championships held at Plymouth Life Centre. Ten of SDA top junior elite divers under the watchful eye of coaches Lindsey Fraser and Jack Clewlow competed at this prestigious competition against the top British divers aged between 12-18 years of age.
The Southampton team had a successful time over the course of the week, in total bringing home 5 medals, 2 silver and 3 bronze, as well as having 5 other additional divers who made the finals, giving them a ranking of top 6 in the country.
One of the standout performances from the Southampton team was Angus Kerr aged 12 who displayed great maturity to qualify for all individual finals in the 13 and under age category and took home an impressive silver medal in the platform event as well as a bronze in the 3m springboard competition. Angus also won a silver medal in the synchro event with a newly formed pairing. Upon Angus’ return home he was delighted to find out he has been invited to compete for England in Bolzano in Italy in July.
Thomas Bailey and Brandon Foster also made platform finals in 14-15 year old group scoring numerous 8’s along the way to finish in third and fourth in prelims. Competing at his 1st ever Junior Elite Nationals Thomas performed excellently in the final to earn himself a bronze medal. Cameron Gammage just missed out on platform and 1 metre finals finishing in 7th place.
Max Cott our oldest diver in boys competition had recently returned to diving after a short break and was keen to show a good performance. The 16-18 category was particularly tough as many International divers were in his event. Max held his nerve and performed a near faultless list to qualify in fourth. Not content with this he demonstrated an excellent back two half somersault off 7 metres in the final scoring 8.5 from all judges to clinch the bronze .
The girls also gave fantastic performances:
Evelyna Johnson was the youngest in the girls squad and made both springboard finals in her 1st Junior Elite Nationals.
Emily Martin dived well to reach platform finals in 14-15 age group especially as she has recently returned from injury. Emily scored numerous 8s and scored over 60 points for her inward two half off 5 metre. Team mate Tanya Watson competing in same event narrowly missed qualifying for finals. She also competed in Synchro with fellow diver Lucy Hawkins to finish a creditable 7th.
Lucy Hawkins and Gemma McArthur competed in girls 16-18 group. As in the boys 16-18 category there were many International divers competing and fighting for International selection. Lucy held her composure and performed a great dive list to secure PBs on all boards. Gemma had a superb prelim on platform and finished in fourth place. Gemma had recently injured her neck so to be able to compete and reach finals showed true grit and determination. Gemma fought hard to maintain this position in the final
Platform Angus Kerr 2nd Thomas Bailey 3rd Brandon 5th Cameron 8th (prelim)Max C 3rd
Springboard 3 metre Angus 3rd Thomas Bailey 10th
Springboard 1 metre Angus 4th Cameron Gammage 7th Thomas Bailey 8th Brandon Foster 14th
Platform Evelyna 8th Emily Martin 6th Tanya Watson 7th Gemma McArthur 4th Lucy Hawkins 8th
Springboard 3 metre Evelyna Johnson 4th Tanya Watson Lucy Hawkins