Divers of The Month
Our SKILLS diver of the month of January is:
(Mighty Minis Squad)
Aneya has been working hard over the last few months to improve her skills dives and improve her skills. She has consistently worked hard in training and has undoubtably improved and learnt more dives to prepare herself for the coming season. The improvement has been evident to all the coaches and was clear to see at the recent Club competition where she scored 10’s for her 3m dives and won the event in her category. Her next competition is the SW Regional Skills Competition in Plymouth and is she continues to improve; she will no doubt achieve the National Skills Finals qualifying score. Well done.
Our AGE GROUP dive rof the month of January is:
(Development Age Group 1 Squad)
Martha has started 2024 with a brilliant attitude in training and a real determination to improve and learn new more challenging dives. Her hardwork has paid off and her dive list is strong and she is sure to have a successful Armada Cup in the Age Group section. The most impressive thing has been her willingness to keep trying dives even if they haven’t always gone to plan. Well done and good luck.
Our ELITE diver of the month for January is:
Scarlett has had a very good month in the National Squad, where the focus has been on getting all the divers ready for the Armada Cup. She has impressed the coaching team and has been performing to a high standard in training. She has been working hard to show that she is ready to excel in the Junior Elite category at the Armada Cup. Her hard work and determination has resulted in her successfully achieving 05’s in all directions. Well done and good luck!!
Our SKILLS diver of the month for November is:
Rae has been working extremely hard in training and is improving all the time. Her hard work paid off in November when she competed in the Peter Waterfield Skills Competition in Southampton. She produced some lovely dives to win gold in the C girls’ category. The Plymouth coaches were so impressed with her attitude and diving that they also named her Club Diver of the event. It followed her brilliant performance in the Southwest Region ESSA trials where she scored enough points to secure a top 3 finish and earn a spot on the Southwest Region ESSA Team. Well done!
Our AGE GROUP diver for the month of November:
(Development Age Group Squad)
Ellie had a very successful month, settling into competition at Junior Elite level and showing great determination in perfecting her dives. Ellie showed what she was capable of with her results at the Southampton Invitational, where she won 2 silver medals. In November she once again produced some outstanding dives at the London Legacy competition. She was competing in her first Junior Elite competition and didn’t let this phase her. She performed excellently in the preliminary events on both 1m and 3m boards and finished in the top 6 of both events and also achieved the qualifying score for the Junior Elite Championships. Next up is for Ellie to lead the Club divers as captain in the ESSA event in December.
Our ELITE diver for the month of November is:
This month Will made the huge step up from Age Group to Junior Elite competition. He dived at the London Legacy competition in the C boys’ category and produced some outstanding dives off 1m, 3m and Platform. He finished 4th in the 1m event but really upped his game in the 3m event, diving superbly to win the gold. This brilliant result was followed with a well-deserved bronze on Platform. Will continues to work hard in training and is adding dives to his list all the time. Next up for him is leading Club divers as captain at the ESSA competition in December, where the Southwest Region will be aiming to retain the trophy.
Our SKILLS diver of the month for OCTOBER is:
(Development Skills Squad)
Kai has been working extremely hard in training and is improving all the time. As an experienced skills diver he has been trying to increase his dive list to try and achieve an Age Group list. His hard work paid off in October when he competed in the Southwest Region ESSA trials, aiming to secure a top 3 finish. Despite being ill on the day of the trial, he was offered the chance to trial the same week and produced a string of good dives to score enough points to secure a top 3 finish and earn a spot on the Southwest Region ESSA Team. Well done!
Our AGE GROUP diver of the month for OCTOBER is:
(Development Age Group Squad)
Alice had a very successful October, settling into her new squad and showing great determination in learning lots of new dives. Alice has really worked hard to improve and is producing some great dives in training. This was evident from her results at the Southampton Invitational, where she won 2 silver medals. She also showed great character by not letting a failed dive in the prelims affect her. Alice was all set to increase her DD ahead of the Armada Cup but unfortunately an accident in training has meant she will be out of action for a few months but will still be keeping herself fit in dry dive when able. Fingers crossed her next competition will be the Armada Cup in 2024.
Our ELITE diver of the month for OCTOBER is:
Archie had a very successful month following his full time move to the Elite Squad. He has impressed with his attitude, determination and positive attitude. He has been performing to a high standard in training pushing himself to learn new dives and perfect his well-established dives. This month he has also completed the Swim England Assistant Diving Coach qualification and is now a level 1 coach and we will hopefully see him poolside soon helping to pass his knowledge on to the younger divers. Next up for Archie is the London Legacy Competition at the London Aquatic
Centre in November.
Our SKILLS diver of the month for SEPTEMBER is:
(Development Skills Squad)
Although there’s been no competitions since the National Skills Finals in July, Lottie has been working hard over the summer to improve her dive list and improve her skills. Lottie has consistently worked hard in training and has undoubtably improved and learnt more dives to prepare herself for the coming season. Her next competition is the Peter Waterfield Novice Competition in Southampton in November.
Our AGE GROUP diver of the month for SEPTEMBER is:
(Development Age Group 2 Squad)
Rose finished last season with some really strong performances at the National Age Group Finals in Sheffield. Over the summer she has consistently worked hard in training, learning new dives and improving her existing list in preparation for the coming season. Next up for Rose is the Southampton Invitational in October where she will be looking to build on her results last year and prepare for the move up to Group A.
Our ELITE diver of the month for SEPTEMBER is:
Noah has had a very successful month following his move to the Elite Squad. He has impressed his new coach and been performing to a high standard in training. He has been working hard to show that he is ready to move onto the Junior Elite Category following a very successful season at Age Group level where he won numerous medals at the National Age Group Finals. Next up for Noah is the London Legacy Competition at the London Aquatic Centre in November.
Our SKILLS diver of the month for JULY is:
(Development Skills Squad)
Alex is one of the Club’s least experienced divers, having joined the Development Skills Squad approximately 7 months ago. Despite his inexperience he has shown that he is a very capable diver. He competed for the first time back in May where he came 3rd in the Southwest Skills competition seeing him qualify for the National Skills Finals in Leeds with an impressive score of 292.70. At the National Skills Finals on the weekend of 15-16 July Alex was taking part in his first ever competition away from the Life Centre and first national event. He produced a string of excellent dives and in the process was crowned National Skills Champion 2023 in the Boys C2 category. An amazing achievement which provides the perfect platform for the rest of the year. Well done!!
Our AGE GROUP diver of the month for JULY is:
(Development Age Group Squad)
The Age Group divers fresh from the National Age Group Finals in June have been using July to push themselves and develop new dives. Ben performed well at the finals and was rightly very happy with his results coming 5th off 3m and winning bronze on both the 1m and Platform in the A Boys event. Despite his excellent results he has not been resting on his laurels and has worked extremely hard over the last few weeks to increase his diving difficulty. He has learnt numerous dives in July and is working on double somersaults in all directions ready for next session. Next up for Ben following the summer break will likely be the Southampton Invitational event at Southampton in October.
Our ELITE diver of the month for JULY is:
With no competitions in July for the Elite divers, it has all been about working hard in training to perfect their dive lists and look to push themselves with even harder and more complex dives. Club Captain Euan has done that hard work and it has paid off! This month as he prepares to represent Team GB at the Junior European Diving Championships in Croatia, he has added a new dive from 10m to his impressive list…a 5255d. For those not familiar with the numbers the dive is a Back 2 ½ Somersaults with 2 ½ Twists in the free position……my head hurts just thinking about it, well done and good luck in Croatia!!
Our SKILLS diver of the month for JUNE:
(Development Skills Squad)
Louie had a very successful June, settling into his new squad and showing great determination in learning lots of new dives. Louie was lacking confidence a few months ago but has really worked hard to overcome this and showcase his ability and produce some great dives in training. His drive, attitude to training and perseverance have helped him to learn plenty of new dives in preparation for the National Skills Finals. New dives include Back and Reverse 1 ½ somersaults in tuck on 1m and 3m and Forward and Inward 2 ½ somersaults in tuck on 3m. Next up for Louie is the National Skills Finals in July, at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds. Good luck and well done!
Our AGE GROUP diver of the month for JUNE:
Lexi had a very successful month consistently working hard in training, learning new dives and finishing with 4 medals (with PBs on 3m and Platform) at the Swim England National Age Group Finals in Sheffield. Going into the competition Lexi added numerous new dives to her competition list including the Inward 2 ½ somersaults in tuck off 7m Platform and 3m Springboard. Lexi produced some fantastic dives in the Finals winning the silver medal on 3m and bronze on Platform. She also teamed up with Erin to win bronze in the synchro event. However, she saved her best diving for the 1m event, where she produced some excellent dives to win the gold and be crowned National Age Group Champion. Next up for Lexi is the Southampton Invitational in October where she will be looking to build on her recent success. Well done!
Our ELITE diver of the month for JUNE:
Ollie had a very successful month with the highlight being his performance at the Swim England Team Y Selection Camp in Sheffield. The best divers from across the country were competing for a place on the Team Y Training Squad with plenty of experienced and talented divers competing for a spot. Ollie performed brilliantly in the gym tests and carried that form into the pool tests where he consistently produced some excellent dives. Since taking part he has received confirmation that he has been selected for Team Y and will now attend several training camps with Team Y over the next 12 months. Aside from that Ollie has been continuing to work hard in training and displays an excellent attitude to training and is working on improving existing dives and adding more complex dives to his impressive list. Next up for Ollie is the Junior European Championships in Croatia where he has been selected to represent Team GB. An amazing achievement!
Our SKILLS diver of the month for MAY is:
Seth had a very successful May taking part in his first ever competition, the Southwest Regional Skills competition at the Life Centre. He competed in the D Boys age group winning GOLD and scoring well enough to achieve the National Skills Finals qualification score. The following weekend he competed at the Southeast Regional Skills competition in Crawley against divers from 14 clubs across the south. He performed excellently again and won another GOLD. Next up for Seth is the National Skills Finals in July, at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds.
Our AGE GROUP diver of the month for MAY is:
Erin had a very successful month scooping several medals at the Southeast Age Group competition in Southampton. Following her excellent performance at the Armada Cup in February she was competing on the 1m, 3m and Platform in Southampton. In the 1m she produced some great dives to finish with a well-deserved BRONZE medal. In the Platform event she went one better with another set of excellent dives to win the SILVER medal. However, she saved her best for the 3m event where she was brilliant and won the GOLD medal. Next up for Erin is the National Age Group Finals, later this month in Sheffield.
Our ELITE diver of the month for MAY is:
Amelie had a very successful month with the highlight being her performances at the British Diving Championships in Sheffield. The best divers from across the country were competing for glory with plenty of Olympians participating the competition was fierce. Amelie was not only up against the most experienced and high performing diver in the UK but also divers much older than her. Despite this she produced some fantastic dives and deservedly made the final in the 3m event finishing in 7th place, a truly amazing achievement. Next up for Amelie is Team Y Selection and the Junior European Championships in Croatia.