Monday, May 10, 2021

Scottish Divers on the move again for European Championships

James Heatly and Grace Reid will be part of a 14 strong British Swimming Squad for the European Aquatics Championships, starting today in Budapest.

James, Edinburgh Diving Club, secured a World Cup silver medal last week in Tokyo, whilst Grace of Dive London cemented her place on Team GB for this summers Olympic Games by meeting the qualification criteria at the World Cup.

An ecstatic James Heatly told Scottish Swimming: "I still can’t believe the result! It felt amazing to compete again after so long and to do it in the Olympic pool was a privilege. There was a lot on the line for this one so leading into it I was extremely nervous and anxious. I was just great full to get to compete again so to get a silver is a bit overwhelming. But I know there is more in the tank so looking forward to getting back to training but off to the European Championships to do it all over again. Also happy that all the hard work during lockdown has paid off”

The big competitions keep coming for Britain's divers as they prepare to compete in the European Aquatics Championships - less than a week after the end of the Diving World Cup. 

A first outing at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre - which will host this summer's Olympic Games - was a memorable one for the British athletes, who amassed three gold and two silver medals earlier this week, as well as securing all the Olympic quota spots remaining to them.

Now, Budapest's Duna Arena awaits for a 14-strong GB team at the European Championships, in what will be the final major competition opportunity ahead of Tokyo 2020. The diving schedule runs from Monday 10th May to Sunday 16th May.

All seven of the divers who won World Cup medals are ready to go again in the next week.

Tom Daley claimed individual and synchro gold from the 10m Platform - and he will dive in both events in Hungary, partnering Matty Lee in the synchro contest. Noah Williams will also go in the individual event.

Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow - another golden duo from Tokyo - will contest the Men's 3m Synchro, with Laugher and James Heatly competing in the individual Men's 3m Springboard after the latter won World Cup silver in that one.

Lois Toulson and Eden Cheng completed Britain's World Cup haul by claiming Women's 10m Synchro silver, and their platform partnership is set to continue at the European Championships. Toulson and Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix - who narrowly missed out on the podium on Wednesday - are the Women's 10m Platform individual divers. 

Having secured a spot in the Women's 3m Synchro for the Olympics, Grace Reid and Kat Torrance will look to build on that World Cup display, with Reid and Scarlett Mew-Jensen set for the individual event and Torrance in contention to go from the 1m board. Sheffield Diving duo Yasmin Harper and Ross Haslam will also go in the Women's 1m Springboard and Men's 1m Springboard events respectively, as well as linking up in the Mixed 3m Synchro events.

With the Olympic Games now less than three months away, this European meet is seen as an important performance opportunity for all involved - and hopes will be high that they can challenge for medals across the programme after some eye-catching displays at the World Cup.

British Diving team for European Championships, Budapest (10th-16th May)

Daniel Goodfellow - 3m Synchro

Jack Laugher - 3m, 3m Synchro

James Heatly - 3m

Scarlett Mew-Jensen - 3m

Grace Reid - 3m, 3m Synchro

Kat Torrance - 3m Synchro, 1m

Noah Williams - 10m

Tom Daley - 10m, 10m Synchro

Matty Lee - 10m Synchro

Eden Cheng - 10m Synchro

Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix - 10m

Lois Toulson - 10m, 10m Synchro

Ross Haslam - 1m, Mixed 3m Synchro

Yasmin Harper - 1m, Mixed 3m Synchro

For the full schedule, start lists and results across the European Championships, click HERE - and here is how you can catch all the finals action on BBC Sport.

Article by British Swimming