Monday, February 23, 2015

Reid and Heatly Secure Medals in Plymouth

"James looked much more comfortable amongst his senior peers and I’m thrilled that in his final year as a junior he walked away with the junior titles." Jenny Leeming Edinburgh Diving Club Coach

Edinburgh Diving Club’s Grace Reid and James Heatly were amongst the medallists from the British Gas Diving Championships, which took place in Plymouth Life Centre from 20 – 22 Feb and where the country’s best athletes competed for honours.

For Reid, this was her first competition following surgery on her shoulder towards the end of last year, and the 18 year old didn’t disappoint, securing the silver medal in the 1m springboard.

Following a steady start she scored well on her second dive (59.80), a forward 2½ somersault pike, which carried a 2.6 degree of difficulty. Her penultimate dive, a reverse 1½ somersault pike, also scored well (57.60) and gave her the edge to secure silver with an overall total of 259.90.

Rhea Gayle of Plymouth took gold with 270.95 and Katherine Torrance of City of Leeds Diving Club won bronze in 259.55.

Reid also competed in the 3m springboard event where she finished 6th.

Reid’s training partner, James Heatly, finished the weekend being crowned British Junior Champion for both the 1m and 3m springboard events (5th in the senior category for both events) as well as picking up silver in the 3m synchro final, with new partner Ross Haslam from City of Sheffield Diving.

Heatly also teamed up with Reid for the inaugural mixed 3m Synchro event, which they won with a score of 267.72 while Clare Cryan and Ross Haslam finished second with a total of 248.22.

Following the event, their coach, Jenny Leeming said,

“I’m really pleased with how both Grace and James have performed over the weekend.  It’s been six months since Grace had her shoulder operation so it was great to see her competing again. To get all her dives in and win a silver medal shows how hard she’s worked and I’m delighted for her.

“James continues to take so much from these events. He looked much more comfortable amongst his senior peers and I’m thrilled that in his final year as a junior he walked away with the junior gold on both the 1m & 3m springboard.”

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