Peter Waterfield Novices 2017

Peter Waterfield Competition Press Release
On Sunday 12th November Southampton Diving Academy hosted the 13th Peter Waterfield Novice Competition. This event is known as a “skills” level competition and sees divers aged 13 years and under performing a set of 12 skills from 3 stations:- poolside, 1m and 3m springboard, whilst divers aged 14+ years perform 10 dives from 1m and 3m springboard.
This year’s event saw 62 of Southampton’s divers compete with 24 of them finishing in top 6 positions. The event got off to a great start in the girls 8/9 group with Evie Tierney finishing in 3rd place to take SDA’s first medal of the day. Evie was closely followed by team mate Isabelle Geary in 4th place. The boys 8/9 group saw Euan Powell comfortably take the silver medal with a fantastic score of 280.05, only 0.1 point away from the gold medal position.
Next up were the 10/11 year old boys whose strong performances resulted in some very high scores. Reuben Havenga won SDA’s second silver medal of the day and team mates Luke Hardy and Oliver Wignall also finished in the top 6. Southampton’s first gold medal of the day was to come from Anjali Kutty’s fantastically consistent diving in the girls 10/11 category.
Girls 12/13 category were the next group to take to the boards and once again SDA took a number of the top six places. Darshi Rana took another silver for Southampton, with Millie Groth also finished within the top six. In the boys 12/13 SDA dominated the top spots. Jamie Akerman secured another gold for SDA with team mate Bevan Woolley taking the silver. SDA’s Leo Tegg and Ryan Spiteri finished in 4th and 5th place respectively.
The final groups to dive did not disappoint, with SDA taking yet more medals. In the girls 14/15, Astrid Davies took home the bronze medal, whilst in the boys 14/15 SDA secured no less than 5 of the top 6 places. Max Targett, Kai Lanham and Thomas MacFadyen made it a 1-2-3 for SDA with Isaac Beard and Dylan Jewitt taking 4th and 5th place respectively.
The event was a huge success and was a great opportunity for a number of divers to gain their first valuable experience of this level of competition. For others it was a chance to secure qualification for the national skills finals to be held next summer.
Coach Mollie James said “I was delighted with the performance of the Southampton divers. We consistently demonstrate a high quality of diving at this level of competition, it is a pleasure to watch”
Girls 8/9
3rd Evie Tierney, 4th Isabelle Geary, 6th Megan Thorpe, 12th Hana Cheung, 13th Isabelle Bennett, 16th Katie Palmer-Kitchin
Boys 8/9
2nd Euan Powell, 5th Ethan Pearce-Williams, 6th Caleb Williams
Girls 10/11
1st Anjali Kutty, 9th Imogen Fitzsimmons, 12th Olivia Szymczak, 15th Elizabeth Hart, 19th Maija Adamson, 20th Millie Boyes, 24th Zharita Barwicz, 26th Abigail Tompkins, 32nd Lilly Jones, 35th Pippa Heyes
Boys 10/11
2nd Reuben Havenga, 4th Luke Hardy, 5th Oliver Wignall, 15th Liam Richards, 16th Jack Elcock, 20th Drew Brightwell, 25th Ewan Simpson
Girls 12/13
2nd Darshi Rana, 5th Millie Groth, 7th Ashleigh Mpofu, 8th Emily Jerrim, 9th Rachel Cleal, 10th Amber Woodford, 14th Pippa Stewart, 16th Skye Denyer
Boys 12/13
1st Jamie Akerman, 2nd Bevan Woolley, 4th Leo Tegg, 5th Ryan Spiteri, 8th Alex Morris, 9th Max Blake, 10th Sonny Rossiter, 11th Max Cleverley, 12th Travis Stafford, 13th Alex Morrison
Girls 14/15
3rd Astrid Davis, 4th India Bari, 6th Amelie Goosey, 7th Mia Santana Martin, 8th Kelsey Mills, 9th Zoe Johnson, 10th Emma Bolton
Boys 14/15
1st Max Targett, 2nd Kai Lanham, 3rd Thomas MacFadyen, 4th Isaac Beard, 5th Dylan Jewitt, 7th Samuel Stevens, 8th Finlay McGregor, 10th Harris Oldroyd, 11th Luca Foyster, 13th Bradley Light, 14th Jak Holley