Pete Waterfield Novice Skills 2016

Albatross diving club divers Meah Thorngate, Alfie Cook, Will Frewin and Alice France all finished strongly in their events to win well deserved medals at the recent Pete Waterfield Skills Diving Competition. The competition is a qualification event for National Skills Finals next year and all Albatross Divers made the grade with many achieving strong personal best scores.

Meah Thorngate, Lauren Saunders and Daisy Cook all showed their strength and form performing consistently across the stations in the girls E (8/9 yrs) event earning PBs and showing their real potential as divers.  In girls D (10/11 yrs)  Mollie Lefever and Amelia King both achieved outstanding personal best scores by ten and twenty points respectively whilst team mates Madeleine Ridley and Maya Peche also gained PBs and valuable experience in what for Maddy was her very first away competition.

In boys D (10/11yrs)  Hernán Mosqueda-Jolly and Austin Bradbury both put in strong PB performances in a competitive field.  Hernan really impressed on the 3m board with excellent form and finish whilst Austin showed his power and control on 1m and poolside.

Zac Cooper and Harry Healey were competing in boys C (12/13 yrs).  Harry was consistent on the 3m board, scoring highly for his back and forward line-up skills whilst Zac impressed with his inward and back dives tuck from the 1m springboard.

It was medals all round in the Group B event (14/15 yrs)  which has a different format to the younger categories in that divers perform a list of dives from the 1m and 3m boards only.  Diving up one year thirteen year old Alfie Cook impressed with a solid performance, including a strong inward one and a half somersault from 1m (38.5pts) which saw him as the top Albatross finisher.  Will Frewin was only a point behind following a consistent performance across both boards whilst Alice France also stepped into the medals following an excellent inward one and a half somersault from the 3m board (40.7pts).

This was an excellent start to the season for Albatross Skills Divers and coaches are excited to see what these divers can achieve in 2017.