Thursday, May 2, 2019

Aberdeen welcomes #ScottishDiving19

As 179 divers across 12 clubs descended on Aberdeen Sports Village, we welcomed a packed opening day with some memorable performances.

The city of Aberdeen may have been hit with a hint of snow this morning, however the action inside the Aquatics Centre was red hot. The spectators were in fine voice across the simultaneous events throughout the day and Chair Robert Heatly highlighted the significance of this event for the younger divers’ development.

“For many of them, it’s their very first step in diving. It’s fantastic to see the pathway from novice in to the age groups which allows these young divers to see their way through to junior elites.”

 “The atmosphere has been great for everyone involved. It’s an important part of the event and we usually find the younger the diver, the better the atmosphere they bring. There is fantastic family encouragement from the crowd and you can see how much that means to some of the competitors.

Heatly is also pleased to see the event grow in size, with the Thistle Trophy novices and Age groups combining for its second year.

“It gives more opportunities for the divers. With this now its second year in Aberdeen, it’s allowed us to work with the committee to get everything spot on and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out today. This is a fantastic part of the country to hold the event.”

The age group action to kick off the day seen guests Joseph Verrity and Etta Dodsworth, from Bradford Espirit and Sheffield respectively, take gold from the platform in the 10-11 year age group. With straight finals, the young divers and spectators created a fantastic atmosphere to set the tone for the rest of the day.

Aberdeen Diving Club’s Noah Penman claimed gold in the boy’s 12-13 age group, with a strong performance in his dives from 3 metres. In the same age group for females, it was Eilidh White (Edinburgh) who took top spot, with an assured performance from the 1 metre board.

In Thistle Trophy action, both Edinburgh and Aberdeen enjoyed success. The hosts’ Niamh Farquharson earned gold in session one (12-13 years) whilst Edinburgh’s Jamie Lamplugh was the winner in the 8-9 year age group. Edinburgh continued their Thistle trophy success in session two, with Layla Duke taking gold in the 10-11 year age group.

Day one finished with some synchro, to the delight of the crowd inside the aquatics centre. It was the hosts again who claimed gold with Holly Hendry and Niamh Farquharson enjoying a terrific team performance in the Thistle Trophy Novice Synchro. In Age groups, it was Maisie Kivlochan and Katie Townsend from Dacorum Diving Club, who came out on top in their performance from 3m.

Find all of today's results in full here.