A team of mainly novice divers from Southampton Diving Academy travelled to London to compete in the Wally Clark Memorial Cup competition and came back with a clutch of medals – 1 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze.
The competition is staged in memory of a significant figure in British Diving, Wally Clark, Head Coach from Merton School of Diving and Trampolining who died in October 2006.
This competition sees each diver demonstrate a total of eight dives from poolside, 1m and 3m springboard.
SDA dominated the podium in the boys 14/15 years age group. Kieran Sharley led the way winning the gold medal, closely followed by Tom Balysz who almost caught Sharley on the last dive but agonisingly just missed out by just over 1 point. Samuel Isaac won the Bronze making it a clean sweep for SDA.
Also for the boys, novice diver Aidan McMullan showed his future potential winning the bronze in the boys 9 & under age group. Whilst in the oldest age group, boys 16/18 years, Callum Weldon won the silver medal.
Aliza Stephens won bronze in the girls14/15 years and Emma Rush won bronze in the girls 16/18 years.
Most of the team that travelled to this competition have been only been diving with the academy since September 2012 and were selected through the clubs Talent Identification programme. Along with 9 & under bronze medal winner Aidan McMullen they are Evie Brighton, Dulcie Wilson, Amy Leneve, Evelyna Johnson, Chloe Harrington, Victoria Ward, Alexandra Mather, Suzanna Burt, Kelsey Mills, Elinor Sutherland, Andre Dance, Sam Jones, Ashley Burnard, James Madden, Toby Paice, Thomas Kelly and Max Baker.
Southampton Diving Academy has made a good start this year and many of its novice divers are gaining vital competition experience, giving them the best chance for success in the future. The coaches at SDA are very proud of all their divers’ achievements.