Saturday, December 4, 2021

Two first-time Platform Scottish Champions crowned in Senior Event


Two new First-Time champions have been crowned in the Men’s and Women’s Platform event at the Scottish National & Open Diving Championships.

Angus Menmuir and Libby Duke, both of Edinburgh Diving Club, took titles in the Men and Women’s Senior. Angus finished with a score of 370.65 in the final, whilst Libby scored 209.20.

The pair also claimed Open and Scottish titles in the Team Event – in which they were the only competitors. Angus came 4th overall in the final in the Platform event, with Noah Williams, claiming the Open title. Dive London teammates Kyle Kothari and Ben Cutmore came second and third respectively.

In what was a tight final, Gold Coast Commonwealth diver Lucas Thomson came home in 6th.

Scottish National Champion, Angus Menmuir said: “I’m absolutely delighted. I was diving against some great competitors, so even to come fourth overall is fantastic.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to push on and perform even better for this event this time next year.

He added: “I’ve got a few new dives I need to learn, which will hopefully allow me to push on and be up there with the guys who finished above me.”

Speaking of the Team Event with fellow Edinburgh diver Libby Duke, Angus said: “It was really good to finish off the day diving with Libby who did so well in her event too. It was such a fun event and a great finale to the day.”

In the Women’s competition, Robyn Birch of Dive London came out on top as Open Champion, with teammate Josie Zillig finishing third, and Lucy Hawkins of City of Sheffield Diving Club the running-up spot.

Scottish Platform Champion Libby, who has also competed in the A Girls 1m and 3m said: “I’m really happy. I’ve worked so hard for this, so for my dives to work out well I’m really pleased.

 “I did some of my 10m dives which I haven’t done a lot of in competition – so this has been great for being able to work on my harder dives in competition.

She added: “A couple of them could be better but on the whole they were good which I’m delighted with.Doing the higher dives makes me a lot more confident – and I enjoy it as well!”

Looking to the future, Libby is hoping that this experience will stand her in good stead ahead of competitions next year.

“I’ve got plenty more dives to learn, which can help me in my next big competition, which is in Eindhoven in February, before a British Champiosnhip which is in the next few months as well.”

All 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.