Sunday, December 5, 2021

Heatly and Beattie produce the goods in synchro final

James Heatly and Ross Beattie brought the curtain down on the Scottish National & Open Diving Championships with a Birmingham Commonwealth Games consideration score in the 3m synchro final.

The pair produced their best score in the fourth round with 75.33 points for their Front 3 ½ Somersaults Pike. With all eyes on the scoreboard for their final round dive, the pair finished with a solid Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults 2 Twists, which saw them exceed the consideration score of 357.93. The pair finished on 385.89 and were delighted. Beattie said,

“I’m chuffed to bits. It’s been a long weekend to say the least with highs and lows. A few disappointments yesterday being so close to the score individually. But me and James came today, held our own, put everything in place that we’ve been working so hard towards for the past two or three years; it means the world to us.”

Heatly said of the performance,

“We’ve put a lot of work into this partnership and we knew the score was extremely achievable, but you know what diving is like, you have to get up on the board and actually do it. I think what’s really special is that we train together every day, we’re best friends in and out of the pool, so to share this with Ross, honestly, it means more than the other events I’ve qualified for.”

Beattie has put his University studies on hold to focus on the Games, and having just missed out on the consideration standard in individual events this meet, he said,

“Now a weight has been lifted off our shoulders and we know we have one in the bag, we can now move forward into the other events at the beginning of 2022, and not have to worry too much about the scores. I don’t need to think about that as much. It’s about what individually can I do on the day, and the scores will hopefully come just from that.

“It would mean everything to be on Team Scotland. Just to be recognised for everything I’ve trained for over the past nine or ten years. To be able to compete on the world stage with people I have become very good friends with would be incredible.”

Heatly finished by saying,

“It’s been a long ride. Commonwealth Games is such a special competition for me. I got to do the 10m synchro with Lucas (Thomson) on the Gold Coast but this is the first time, I think, that Scotland will potentially have a men’s 3m synchro team. It’s a new experience and I can’t wait.”

Yohan Eskrick-Parkinson and Yona Knight-Wisdom (Jamaica) won silver with 375.60 points and Danny Mabbott and Lucas Thomson (Edinburgh Diving Club) took the bronze, 330.75 points.

In the women’s event, Emily Bearpark (Edinburgh Diving Club) and Clara Kerr (Aberdeen Diving Club) took the title.

Earlier in the day, Noah Penman became the first member of Aberdeen Diving Club to win a National title, being crowned Junior Champion for Platform. He said of the

“It’s awesome to be the first winner from Aberdeen Diving Club and it feels great to get Aberdeen into the mix at a National Championship.

“We work hard to get young divers into the Club. Anna (Sless) is really helping me train six times a week. I’m having great fun with it and my performances are really coming along. My platform was great, the 1m was great although my 3m didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but I’ll learn from that, it’s all good experience.”

Diving results from the Meet can be found on Dive Recorder.

The Scottish National & Open Diving Championships are at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from 2-5 December.