Monday, December 5, 2016

Heatly Dives into the Record Books

Edinburgh Diving Club’s James Heatly became the first Scottish diver to have won the 1m, 3m and platform titles eight years in a row following a successful weekend at the Scottish National & Open Diving Championships and Thistle Trophy, which took place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

Heatly was due to kick start his competition on Thursday evening, pairing up with Edinburgh Team-mate Lucas Thomson in the Men’s Platform Synchronised event, but Thomson was forced to pull out because of a broken finger. Heatly’s competition therefore started on Friday with the 3m event.

Heatly started solidly, scoring particularly well in the 3rd round for his forward 3½ somersault, piked (74.40). Unfortunately his forward 2½ Somersault 2 Twists, piked dive in the 4th round didn’t go as well as he would have hoped, but he refocused and held on for the title with 368.30 points.

On Saturday he eased to the 1m title amassing 348.00 points but on Sunday he had  to fight hard for the title with Kyle Kothari (Dive London Aquatics Club) and Cameron Gammage (Southampton Diving Academy) pushing him all the way.

He opened his programme with a Back 1½ Somersault 1½ Twists, free scoring 57.50 points and performed consistently across all dives. He finished on 334.50 points, just ahead of Kothari who won silver with 321.20 points and Gammage who secured bronze with 309.45 points.

If Heatly replicates this success in 2017 he will equal the number of National titles held by his late Grandfather, Sir Peter.

Heatly’s Edinburgh team-mate Grace Reid also made a welcome return to competition in her home pool winning the 1m and 3m titles.

For full results click here: RESULTS