Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Scottish diving team make it a super six at Celtic Tri-Nation Cup

“All the divers did really well. There were lots of medals along the way.” Judy Wardlaw

Scotland’s diving team won the Celtic Tri-Nation Cup for the sixth consecutive time at the weekend, at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

The Scottish team beat Ireland by a score of 714 points to 545 to keep up their impressive record of winning the competition every single year since its inception. Wales came third, 253 points behind the Irish.

Judy Wardlaw, technical officials’ co-ordinator for the Scottish Diving Committee, said the team’s performance proved that diving in Scotland is in an excellent position.

“The team was a really good mix this year of divers from all around Scotland, and it’s good to see that all our clubs are developing. It shows that Scottish diving is building," she said.

“The really impressive thing is that it’s quite often new kids every year for this tournament. Some take part for two, maybe three years but mostly it’s just once so it shows we’ve got such a high standard that we can put out a practically whole new team every year and still win the cup.

“All the divers did really well. There were lots of medals along the way.”

The top performer was Alexander Ragg, in the boys’ Group D category (10-11 years). Ragg won all four of his events comfortably. “He’s a kid we’ve really got our eye on, we think he could be a very talented diver,” said Wardlaw. In the age category above, Group C (12-13 years) Dean Livingstone came out on top in all but one of the four circuits he competed in, and still did well enough to claim Silver in the event he didn’t win. Summer Ross, in the girls’ Group D category, won three of four of her events, having to settle for Bronze on one occasion.

Ross is also due to travel to the England Talent Games in three weeks’ time, where the best young British divers meet to try and stake their place for a spot on a GB Talent Camp. Divers who’ve taken part in this event previously have went on to GB Talent Camps and a couple have gone on to be English National Age Groups Champions.

“We’ve got high hopes that this group will go on to do the same sort of things,” said Wardlaw.

Wardlaw cited the infrastructure and the quality of coaching in the sport as the reason for the consistent success, and that means people can aim high.

“We’ve got good systems in place now and we’ve got good education programmes for our coaches in particular. I think a lot of that comes from Jenny Leeming, our performance coach.

“There’s also a great team atmosphere as well. We’ve got a good set of competitions that run throughout each year, and the competition in Scotland itself between the individual clubs is really high and that helps to build motivation and keep the levels up.”