Monday, January 27, 2020

Heatly makes golden start to 2020

As we fast approach the end of January, the #RoadtoTokyo2020 hashtag is being used more frequently and with more significance, with the Olympic Games now less than 180 days away. The British Diving Championships held in Plymouth at the weekend saw athletes take their next steps on that Road, with Edinburgh Diving Club’s James Heatly nailing a great programme of dives to secure the British 3m title.

The final was hugely competitive with little room for error. Lying third with two dives to go, Heatly produced the dive of the day with a superb Forward 4 ½ Somersaults Tuck (109C) effort scored him 91.20. Holding his nerve he also scored highly in his final dive with 85.80 for his Forward 2 ½ Somersaults, 3 Twists Pike giving him an overall score of 478.50, a new Personal Best.

Heatly said of his performance,

"I feel quite tired now, but I'm so happy - I've retained my title, and it's a personal best as well. I can't ask for more at this point of the season. I'm so happy!

"I don't want to watch what anyone else is doing, I don't want to hear what's happening, I don't even like to see what my own dives were. I knew I had done five good dives before my last one anyway, so I was just trying to focus and take it one dive at a time. It's a marathon, not a sprint, so take it slow.

"I've added that triple in at the end, and that was a new dive I only learned in December, so the plan is to keep fine-tuning that and sharpen everything up. Who knows, there might be a few extra things working in the background."

And what could the rest of 2020 look like now for Heatly?

"The Tokyo Olympics is the goal for the year, but we've still got lots to get through. There's some Grand Prixs this year, potentially the World Cup, but I'm not 100 per cent sure what's going to be decided after this, so I'll have to wait and see and get back to you!"

Cameron Gammage of Southampton Diving Academy finished 5th in the 3m final with 365.00 points while Heatly’s Edinburgh team-mate, Ross Beattie, also scored a Personal Best in the same final with 323.10 points. Earlier in the event Beattie finished 4th in the 1m final with a score of 305.75.

Grace Reid produced her best dive in the penultimate round of the 3m springboard final, scoring 69.75 for her Forward 3 ½ Somersaults Pike giving her an overall score of 302.25 and the silver medal. Clara Kerr continues to improve and progress and the Aberdeen Diving Club athlete finished 8th in the same final with 237.35 points.

Lucas Thomson from Edinburgh Diving Club teamed up with Dive London’s Ben Cutmore to take gold in the 10m synchro event, while Thomson finished 6th in the platform final with a score of 323.45.

Thomson’s Edinburgh team-mate, Gemma McArthur also contested the women’s platform final, where she finished 5th with a total points score of 276.25.

Millie Fowler and Yona Knight-Wisdom who both train at Edinburgh Diving Club were also competing with Fowler winning silver in the 1m final. Knight-Wisdom who was representing Jamaica and competing as a guest finished 2nd in the 1m final and 5th overall in the 3m final.

Full results can be found HERE