Saturday, May 4, 2019

"It's a special event"

Aberdeen Diving Club’s head coach Judy Wardlaw was ecstatic on day two of the Scottish National Age Group Championships & Thistle trophy as the hosts continued to grab gold.

 “I couldn’t be happier from the results of Aberdeen. Looking back to where we were last year, it’s great to have so many more involved and at different age groups as well. Hopefully that can continue in to following years.”

Wardlaw, running most of the operations for the event this weekend, was delighted with the standard across the first two days.

“Everything has went to plan so far, we set a few targets with a couple of our divers. For one in particular this is her first age group competition and its brilliant preparation and experience before she goes off to the English national age groups in the summer. Some of the guys are in the same boat and the environment here is brilliant to practice for what lies ahead.”

The noise was palpable inside the Aberdeen Aquatics Centre as age group and novice divers took the board across Saturday morning and afternoon. Wardlaw was keen to highlight the significance of having the event in Aberdeen once more.

“It’s a special event. It’s great to involve the novice divers who can see a clear pathway and they’re all doing really well. We’ve created an environment for the divers to come and enjoy their day as well as focus on their performance. I think that’s crucial.”

Aberdeen were busiest on the podium, alongside Edinburgh, with Ben Morrice and Angus Mccrae both claiming medals in session four. Mccrae, just 7, competed with Sasha Roberts of Burscough Diving Club in the Thistle Trophy Novice GroupF. The duo were proud as punch with their multiple dives, with the crowd behind them with every leap.

The hosts continued their success in to session five with Noah Penman claiming his second gold of the weekend in the boys 1m dive (12-13 age group). Those behind Edinburgh diving club had plenty to cheer about with Eilidh White taking gold in the girls platform dive (12-13 age group) and Ross Tynan also gaining gold in the Thistle Trophy Novice in the same age group.

Ayr Diving club claimed their first medal in the afternoon with Miya Morrison winning the national gold in the 1m dive in the 10-11 year age group.

You can find all of today’s results and live for tomorrow’s action here.