Saturday, August 02, 2014

Amazing Grace Finishes in Style

" I was breathing so heavily before my last dive but the crowd just lifted me and put me at ease, which really helped me feel at home.” - Grace Reid

Edinburgh’s Grace Reid finished very credible 9th in the final of the 3m Springboard at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh with a score of 297.50, a big improvement on this morning’s heats and close to her personal best. Gold went to Esther Qin (AUS) with 347.25, Silver to Jennifer Abel (CAN) with 324.70 while Hannah Starling (ENG) picked up Bronze with 316.95.

Reid either equalled or improved on each of her dives from this morning, with big gains this evening made in her Front 3½ Somersault, Tucked and Front 2½ Somersault 1 Twist Piked dives. She finished her programme with a superb effort in the Back 2½ Somersault Tucked which took her ever closer to her personal best which stands at 303.15.

Hugging her coach Jenny Leeming at the conclusion of her dive programme Reid was satisfied with the result, saying,

“I’m super chuffed with that, I really wasn’t sure how I’d go having been injured. The past 4 years I’ve been up and down with bad performance and my confidence had taken a knock and I was at a low in this event. But I’ve managed to come out here and I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed every single performance I’ve done, and that to me was the biggest goal I could have set myself and achieved.

“I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, the crowd have been wonderful. I was breathing so heavily before my last dive but the crowd just lifted me and put me at ease, which really helped me feel at home.”

When asked about the effect the likes of Tom Daley has had on the sport Reid said,

 “I’ve known Tom since we were both really young. I think I first met him on a Junior Diving Talent Programme when I was about 7 years old. What he’s done for diving is unbelievable. I see kids coming to the club wanting to take up diving and that’s such a special thing and it’s people like Tom who have made that possible, have made diving more accessible and desirable”

Speaking about her immediate plans, Reid continued,

“I get my exam results on Tuesday. I’m trying not to think about it too much, but like so many others I’m sure I’ll be a panic-stricken mess that morning. I took two fast-track Highers in Politics and Philosophy, which I’d like to pursue at University. I’m having a gap year to concentrate on diving but after that I’ll make a decision about going onto study or deferring further. I’ll cross that bridge when it comes.”

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