7th Sofia DIVING CUP 2016 – Bulgaria
This summer, Southampton Diving Academy sent a team of 14 divers to Sofia, Bulgaria to compete in the 7th Annual Sofia Diving Cup. The team ranged in age from 9 to 14 years with a mix of National Skills and National age group divers, and for the majority it was their first overseas competition.
Southampton were competing alongside 17 other teams, including Leeds from the UK and teams from Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania, Austria, Belarus and the home team Bulgaria.
The team touched down in a hot Sofia and headed straight to the Diana Pool for training. Diving outdoors was a new experience for most and presented some new challenges to the divers with very cold water and high winds on the final day of competition. However the team of 14 divers, supported by coaches Mollie James and Georgie Wingrove, worked hard to overcome the challenges with the variable conditions.
SDA had two medallists: Alex Walton was on top form, competing in the Boys C 13/14 years category, winning Silver in the Platform event, 3rd place in the 1m springboard and coming an agonising 4th on the 3m springboard, narrowly missing out on a medal by 0.4 points.
Gabrielle Kirkham pulled out all the stops in the Girls B 14/15 event with some consistent diving to win a silver medal 16.5 points ahead of her nearest competitor in the platform event.
Special mention to Dulcie Wilson, Tia Pritchard, Oliver Covell, Bryn James, Nathan Bull and Kai Lanham for achieving top 8 performances. This is an incredible achievement against so many ‘Eastern bloc’ Countries.
All the divers performed well, and gained incredible experience. Their overall performance saw Southampton named as the second ranked team in this event. Well done ‘Team Southampton’.
Head coach for the meet, Mollie James, said “To be away from home and to compete that well was fantastic to see”.
The picture shows the team with the Silver Cup sitting on the 10m Platform.
Girls 10/11 Years
Dulcie Wilson: 1m 8th, 3m 10th, 5m Platform 11th
Maija Adamson: 1m 15th, 3m 13th, 5m Platform 13th
Girls 12/13 Years
Tia Pritchard: 1m 6th, 3m 14th, 7.5/5m Platform 9th
Maya Kutty: 1m 9th, 3m 10th, 7.5/5m Platform 10th
Victoria Ward: 1m 12th, 3m 11th, 7.5/5m Platform 14th
Sofia Sathio: 1m 14th, 3m 9th, 7.5/5m Platform 15th
Olive Ullyat: 1m 17th, 3m 13th, 7.5/5m Platform 13th
Girls 14/15 Years
Gabrielle Kirkham: 1m 5th, 3m 5th, 7.5/5m Platform 2nd
Boys 10/11 Years
Oliver Covell: 1m 7th, 3m 12th
Bryn James: 1m 8th, 3m 10th, 5m Platform 9th
Illan Stead: 1m 14th, 3m 12th
Boys 12/13 Years
Alex Walton: 1m 3rd, 3m 4th, 7.5/5m Platform 2nd
Nathan Bull: 1m 5th, 3m 5th, 7.5/5m Platform 7th
Kai Lanham: 1m 9th, 7.5/5m Platform 8th