Sunday, May 1, 2022

Edinburgh take Thistle Trophy title in Aberdeen

Edinburgh Diving Club claimed the Thistle Trophy again in Aberdeen on Sunday, despite an encouragingly strong performance from the home side in the Granite City.

The trophy competition, which runs concurrently with the Scottish National Age Group Diving Championships, is calculated based on the performance of Novice divers of all age group ages.

Edinburgh, who are the only Scottish side to win the trophy, since the inaugural year of 2012, scored 134 points, whilst Aberdeen were very in close pursuit behind on 123 points – not far from achieving their first Thistle Trophy.

Visiting sides Leeds and Darlington scored 117 and 15 respectively, although the trophy can only be claimed by a Scottish team. Bradford scored 13 points in the competition too.

Edinburgh Age Group coach Rosie Slade said:

“We’re ecstatic, it’s been really good coming back to the Thistle Trophy after a couple of years off and the divers have done a really good job. Aberdeen have hosted an absolutely fantastic event and they’ve done really well also, which is great to see.

“I’m so proud of our divers. We have a lot of new divers who just aren’t very experienced in competitions, due to the last couple of years, and they’ve all came in and have just been diving beautifully and performed so well.”

“Next up for us is National Skills finals, we have a few divers who have qualified for that, this was great practice for that event. So now we will be working hard going into that competition and beyond, and focus on some of the improvements we can make following SNAGS.”

Edinburgh put the trophy just out of Aberdeen’s reach in the first event on Sunday morning, with Layla Duke and Rosie Mantle securing Gold and Silver for Edinburgh in the Novice Girls Group B+ event, with scores of 245.35 and 239.25. Aberdeen’s Emmanuella Onyewueke claimed third with a solid score of 226.70.

Home side Aberdeen performed impressively throughout the weekend, particularly in the younger Novice age groups, taking the fight to Edinburgh all the way.

Kim Young, Aberdeen Diving Club Elite Potential squad and National Skills squad coach, said:

"It has beennbelievable to have all the divers back competing at Thistle and SNAGs after a tough few years. It was fantastic to see the support between divers within their own clubs and fellow competitors from Edinburgh, Leeds, Darlington and Bradford.

It was a proud coach moment to see them all celebrating each others dives and enjoying a brilliant 3 days of diving. I saw alot of fantastic performances and I couldn't be more proud of the divers I coach and all the ADC divers that competed this weekend. Bring on SNAGs and Thistle on 2023!!"

Judy Wardlaw, Head Coach of Aberdeen Diving Club added:

“It was brilliant to see so many Aberdeen divers taking part in the Thistle Trophy and SNAGS. After a challenging couple of years it absolutely amazing to see our divers competing against some tough opposition in their home pool.

“We’re closing in on Edinburgh and maybe next year will be our year!”

Leeds Diving club took the accolade of top performing visiting club in the Thistle Trophy. Age Group coach Rich Bradley said:

“It’s been a fantastic weekend and absolutely worthwhile for us to make the journey up to compete. We’ve had some excellent results, some of our divers haven’t competed in a good few years due to Covid, so they’ve got back on their feet really well – it’s been a great learning experience for them.

“It’s good to get a national event under their belt and finishing as the top travelling club within the Thistle Trophy is excellent and just goes to show that their hard work is paying off.”

In the final Age Group action of the weekend, Aberdeen boys kept up their impressive performance level in the Age Group C. Ben Morrice (202.65 points) and Semyon Bykov (186.35) secured another one – two for Aberdeen, ahead of Edinburgh’s Jamie Lamplugh in third.

Diving Chair Rob Heatly was delighted with the way the event was run, and to see younger divers back in National competition.

He said: “It’s been a great three days in Aberdeen, this has been the first major competition up here in three years and it’s great to see the divers all have such a great time. It’s been a slightly lower entry than normal for clubs from down south than we’d like to see, but it’s been good to get back into it. Hopefully next year, those entries will be right back up.

“In December we’re hosting the Scottish National Open Championships concurrently with the Junior Elites and we’re hoping to get a good turnout down in Edinburgh.”


All results from the Scottish National Age Group Open Diving Championships & Thistle Trophy Competition can be found HERE


The event is running at the Aberdeen Aquatics Centre from 29 April – 1 May 2022