Sunday, December 3, 2017

Reid and Heatly end Championships on a Hat-trick

Grace Reid and James Heatly rounded off a successful weekend of competition at the Scottish National & Open Diving Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, by securing a hat-trick of titles in their respective events.

Reid, a member of Dive London Aquatics Club, won the Women’s 3m title with a score of 288.35, heading off any challenge from nearest rivals with her final dive, a Forward 2½ Somersaults, 1Twist Piked, which scored her 64.50 points and a final total of 288.35.

Millie Fowler from City of Sheffield Diving Club won silver with 252.75 while her Sheffield team-mate, Sarah Leach won bronze with 250.65 points. After the final Reid said,

“It has been a really good competition and there is a lot I can take from it into my next block of training. I’m really pleased that I was still mentally strong for the competition which gave me an edge and I know with more strength work behind me in the lead up to the British Championships my dives will be easier on me.”

Speaking about her move to London Reid said,

“I struggled this past year with injury and with university so London has given me a new challenge and it will be good to go into the New Year on a new page. “

James Heatly may have been edged off the top of the podium in the Platform final but he did walk away with the National title, meaning he now equals his Grandfather’s National title tally of 27. Aidan Heslop from Plymouth Diving Club secured gold with a points total of 393.15. Heatly won silver with 351.75 while his Edinburgh Diving Club team-mate, Lucas Thomson, won bronze with 348.15 points.

During the preliminaries, Heslop, who represents Wales, posted a points total of 465.35, well within the consideration score for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. With nominations due into Team Wales, he couldn’t have timed things any better, Heslop said,

“I didn’t really do anything different to what I usually do, it all just came right on the day. I’ve been close a couple of times but nothing like that score. It was great to do that this morning as I think it would have put too much pressure on me for the final.”

Heatly was also close to the consideration score posting 411.30 in the preliminaries. With a consideration score of 411.42 needed, Heatly said,

“I really enjoy platform, I enjoy taking a break from the springboard events. It’s not often I compete in it and do a full series of dives and today I just seem to land all six of them. It was amazing.”

In other events Edinburgh Diving Club’s Ross Beattie also secured the hat-trick of titles with gold in the Boys A 3m event, while Robbie Lee from Southampton Diving Academy won gold in the Boys B 3m final.

In the Girls A 1m final, Holly Prasanto from City of Sheffield Diving Club won gold while in the Girls B 1m final, it was Mhairi Goodwin from Edinburgh Diving Club took the honours.

The Scottish National & Open Diving Championships are taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool from 30th November to 3rd December 2017.