Friday, December 1, 2017

Reid Secures 1m Title on Day 2 of National Championships

Grace Reid secured the 1m springboard title on day 2 of the Scottish National & Open Diving Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

Reid, who now trains with Dive London Aquatics Club, showed consistency throughout her programme and finished with a score of 255.60, her best dive of the afternoon being the Reverse 1½ Somersaults Piked.

After the event Reid said,

“I’m always pleased to come away with victory at the Scottish National Championships. The score is off my PB and I wasn’t as sharp as I’d liked to have been but we’re really early on in the season and it will give me things to go away and work on before the British Championships at the end of January.”

Looking ahead to the European Championships in 2018 when the Royal Commonwealth Pool will play host to the diving competition, Reid continued,

“Diving is such a fantastic sport to be involved with and the more exposure it has with major events in the UK, the more accessible it will hopefully become to aspiring athletes. And this is such a fantastic venue to train and compete in and if it’s anything like Glasgow (2014) then I’m sure the organisers will put on a fantastic show.”

Sarah Leach from City of Sheffield Diving Club won silver with 225.75 points while Holly Waxman from City of Bradford Esprit took bronze with 224.10 points.

In the men’s event Guillome Dutoit from Lausanne won gold with 385.85 points. Jack Haslam from City of Sheffield Diving picked up silver (355.55 points) while James Heatly of Edinburgh Diving Club won bronze (353.75).

After his event Dutoit said,

“This is my first time competing in Edinburgh. I wanted to get a feel for the pool ahead of next year’s European Championships. I am in the army so I don’t get the chance to train as much as I would like, but this event, while very early on in the season, gives me the opportunity to try new dives. It has been really good for me.”

In other events Edinburgh Diving Clubs Ross Beattie won the Boys A Platform event, while Joseph Pashley from City of Sheffield Diving won the Boys B Platform final.

In the Girls A 3m Final Tanya Watson from Shamrock won gold, while Mhairi Goodwin from Edinburgh Diving Club continued her medal haul with gold in the B event.

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