Thursday, June 14, 2018

Reid and Heatly Selected for European Squad

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Grace Reid and James Heatly have been included in the 15-strong GBR diving team for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships this summer, on the back of medal-winning performances at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Reid, who won Scotland's first ever female gold medal in the Commonwealth Games, said: "I'm so excited to be announced on that team and to be back diving at the unbelievable venue that is the Royal Commonwealth Pool is really exciting. I have had a pretty good season so far so hopefully I can carry that on.

"There's nothing like diving in front of a home crowd, it's unbelievable. The Scots are very patriotic to say the least and they're a fantastic crowd so the fact I've got that and I'll be at my home pool in Edinburgh is fantastic."

Heatly's bronze in Gold Coast was Scotland's first diving medal in 60 years, the last being won by his late grandfather, the great Sir Peter Heatly, and he too is looking forward to diving on home turf once again.

He said: "To be announced on the team is incredible and this will be my second European Championships so I can't wait.

"You just can't beat a home crowd whether it's here or down south somewhere but for me this is a real home, I come to this pool [the Royal Commonwealth Pool] six days a week."

Both Reid and Heatly have been busy on the circuit since departing from Australia following heroic individual performances. Reid took home a bronze medal alongside Ross Haslam in the mixed synchronised event at the World Cup in China last week, but said she's been quickly learning how to better cope with the ups and downs mentally, and this will serve her well at Glasgow2018.

She said: "It's been a tough season in that I've been out of the country a lot, travelling in and out of time zones and on and off long haul flights. So there's a lot I've taken away from this.

"I'm getting better in terms of mental recovery as well as physical and that's something that I've been working on and want to continue to work on."

For Heatly it was a quick turnaround after Gold Coast but on the whole he's been happy with the season. He said: "It's been really good. Commonwealths was obviously the first big meet and I don't really have any complaints, I was over the moon to come away with a medal. 

"Then I went to Canada and it was a quick turnaround and it was quite a disappointing competition but onwards and upwards. I tried some new things out there which didn't pay off but we go to Italy before Europeans so that's another chance to try things out and I'm looking forward to it."

Olympic champion, Commonwealth champion and double World Cup medallist Jack Laugher will lead the team on the back of a bronze in the 3m event in Wuhan, China last week. He also picked up a synchro silver with Chris Mears, is also named in the 15 strong team.

The Olympic and triple Gold Coast 2018 gold medallist said: “The pool in Edinburgh has some great memories for me as it is where I won my first Commonwealth title with Chris.

“It will be great to return and face a new challenge.”

Sheffield based Haslam said: “This year has already given me the chance to compete in some huge competitions around the world.

“The Commonwealth Games did not pan out the way I wanted but coming back from the World Cup with a medal is an amazing moment I will never forget.

“Now being selected for a Europeans squad will give me the chance to build on these experiences in front of a home crowd who I hope will be cheering me on.”

The full team is:

Robyn Birch

Alicia Blagg

Eden Cheng

Matthew Dixon

Daniel Goodfellow

Ross Haslam

James Heatly

Jack Laugher

Matty Lee

Chris Mears

Scarlett Mew Jensen

Grace Reid

Katherine Torrance

Lois Toulson

Noah Williams

Alexei Evangulov, Diving National Performance Director, said: “We have already seen some excellent performances by our divers in 2018 across the FINA Diving World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Diving World Series.

“We have established members of the team, with younger divers who have the chance to make their mark.”

The Glasgow2018 European Championships will take place from August 2 to 12, with the diving competitions from August 7 to 11.

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