Ollie Breach and Charlotte West brought home four National medals from the 2016 ASA National Age Group Diving Championship held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
Competing in boys B (14-15yrs) Ollie Breach ended his platform set with a strong inward two and a half somersault tuck to win the Silver medal. His success was repeated on 3m where his newly learned back one and a half two and a half twisting dive helped clinch the bronze.
Charlotte West was diving in the girls A events (16-17yrs). A strong performance on 3m, including excellent required dives and success with her newly learned back one and a half two and a half twister, brought Charlotte the Silver medal. Charlotte returned to the podium to receive a well-deserved Bronze in the 1m event.
Alongside this podium success Albatross divers also placed in the top six in a further five events with all team members achieving personal best scores.
Ethan Jones was 4th in boys C (12-13 yrs) 1m springboard. Ethan had led the pack following excellent required dives and finished with a standout front two and a half somersault tuck dive (42 points) only to just miss out on a medal by an agonising 1.75 points! Ethan was also rewarded with a personal best in the 3m event.
Diving in boys B Edward Beal had a fantastic competition. Edward achieved personal best scores in all his events to finish a highly credible 5th on platform and 5th on 1m. Edward’s dive of the meet was his front two and a half somersault tucked on 1m which was awarded a superb 45.6 points.
Further top six placings were achieved by Ollie finishing 4th in boys B 1m and Charlotte 6th in girls A platform.
Quinn Shaw, Albatross’s youngest age group diver and Billy Minns, diving in his first National Age Group competition both achieved personal best scores in all their events; Billy on 1m and 3m (Boys A) and Quinn on platform, 1m and 3m (Boys C)
The ASA National Age Group Diving Championships is the largest national diving competition in England. Competition is tough and the Championships form an important step for young divers on the pathway to the top of the sport. For Albatross to secure these National results is extremely encouraging and testimony to the ongoing hard work and dedication of Reading divers and coaches.