Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Personal Best on Games Debut for Heatly

James Heatly finished 9th overall in the 1m Springboard final with another personal best in the event, as the diving programme of the XX Commonwealth Games kicked off at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

With his proud parents and his Grandfather, Sir Peter, watching in the stands, if Heatly was nervous he didn’t show it. The 17-year old performed well, growing in confidence with every dive. Repeating his dive programme from this morning, he upped his game improving his individual scores for all but one of his dives and finishing on an overall score of 345.60.

He saved the best until last posting a score of over 65 points for his Inward 2½ Somersault, Tucked, a new dive for Heatly which he was particularly pleased about. He said,

“I’m amazed by my score. I PB’d this morning and I’ve done it again tonight by another 30 points or so, it’s great. I’ve introduced a new dive into my programme and it’s really pleasing to see a score in the 60s for it. I don’t usually get that to be honest with you.

“The atmosphere is absolutely amazing. I’ve never been in front of a crowd as loud or as supportive  as the one here tonight. Not only did it give me the extra 10% that so many of the athletes have spoken about, it gave me an extra 20%!”

Heatly returns tomorrow to compete in his favoured event, the 3m Springboard.