Divers of The Month
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.