National Skills Finals 2015

Southampton Diving Academy claim 2 National Skills Champions and a haul of medals.

Manchester Aquatics Centre was the venue for the 2015 National Skills Finals this Summer. This is the biggest annual diving event at this level, with 238 divers taking part from across Great Britain all competing for the title of National Champion within their age range. Divers below the age of 14 compete over a total of 12 dives/jumps with 4 from each of the poolside, 1m and 3m springboard. Over the age of 14, the divers perform 6 dives each from the 1m and 3m springboard.

The SDA team of 35 young divers, aged from 9 to 16, gave a first class performance, with 2 National Champions, 4 silver and 2 bronze medalists emerging over the weekend, and a further 13 achieving top 10 placings.

Dulcie Wilson got off to a fantastic start in the girls 10 years category, diving her way to a silver medal, just 0.95 points off the gold in a group with 25 divers.
Meanwhile, in the boys 10 years group, SDA were dominant. Leon Baker gave a brilliant performance scoring a rare 9 on the 3m springboard to take the gold. Leon was joined on the podium by Robbie Lee who took the silver medal, a massive 22 points clear of third place.
In the girls 12 years group, all 4 SDA girls finished in the top 8, with Victoria Ward diving consistently well, breaking her PB and taking the silver medal.
In the next age category, girls 13 years, SDA had all 4 divers in the top 11 placings. Megan Curtis was on top form, taking the gold with Ella Anderson taking the silver medal and joining her team mate on the podium.
Catherine Palmer in the girls 14/16 years, fought hard for 3rd position, winning the bronze by the narrowest of margins, 0.25 points. Meanwhile in the same age category for the boys, Alfie Lakeman-Brown was competing in a really strong field and took bronze, missing silver by an agonising 0.20 points.

Many of these divers have come through the programme’s “Talent Identification” scheme and they made a very good showing, perfectly illustrating the effectiveness of this initiative. The club is hopeful that the solid foundations set in these early stages will be a great platform to build on for the future.

Senior SDA Diving Coach, Jack Clewlow, was clearly pleased with the results “I was delighted with the performance of the Southampton divers. It demonstrates the high quality of diving that is going on at this level of the sport within our programme.”

Boys 9 years:
Bryn James 5th
Girls 10 years:
Dulcie Wilson 2nd, Collette Guyett-Smith 10th
Boys 10 years:
Leon Baker 1st, Robbie Lee 2nd
Girls 11 years:
Maya Kutty 6th, Olive Ullyatt 10th, Lucy Chandler 15th, Amy Leneve 21st
Boys 11 years:
Nathan Bull 6th, Kai Lanham 11th, Jacob Smith 12th, Oliver Cazaly 16th , Samuel Stevens 17th
Girls 12 years:
Victoria Ward 2nd, Atrid Davis 6th, Holly Hopgood 7th, Grace Hill 8th
Girls 13 years:
Megan Curtis 1st, Ella Anderson 2nd, Ysabella Foster 7th, Chloe Harrington 11th
Boys 12 years:
Ashley Burnard 9th, Thomas Crew 10th, Hamish Lindsey 12th, Thomas MAcfadyen 13th, Alex Walton 15th
Girls 14/16 years:
Catherine Palmer 3rd, Abbie Wilson 6th, Suzanna Burt 18th, Abigail Wales 23rd
Boys 14/16 years:
Alfie Lakeman-Brown 3rd, Jamie Bevan 7th, Oscar Kitchen 12th, Jacob Batchelor 16th

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Girls Group D1
2   Dulcie Wilson 271.20

10   Collette Guyett-Smith 250.20
Girls Group D2
6   Maya Kutty 270.70
10   Olive Ullyatt 254.00
15    Lucy Chandler 247.90
21 Amy Leneve 232.25
Girls Group C1
2   Victoria Ward 296.30
6   Astrid Davis 280.10
7   Holly Hopgood 276.25
8   Grace Hill 275.90
Girls Group C2
1   Megan Curtis 303.75
2   Ella Anderson 290.65
7   Ysabella Foster 277.85
11   Chloe Harrington 266.75
Girls Group B+
3   Catherine Palmer 288.50
6   Abbie Wilson 269.95
18   Suzanna Burt 246.25
23   Abigail Wales 233.70
Boys Group E
5   Bryn James 250.90
Boys Group D1
1   Leon Baker 300.90
2   Robbie Lee 293.75
Boys Group D2
6   Nathan Bull 273.90
11   Kai Lanham 254.65
12   Jacob Smith 252.75
16   Oliver Cazaly 240.55
17   Samuel Stevens 233.90
Boys Group C1
9   Ashley Burnard 252.00
10   Thomas Crew 247.90
12   Hamish Lindsay 241.50
13   Thomas Macfadyen 237.90
15   Alex Walton 236.10
Boys Group B+
3   Alfie Lakeman-Brown 315.30
7   Jamie Bevan 303.75
12   Oscar Kitchen 270.05
16   Jacob Batchelor 256.75