Plymouth divers Matthew Dixon and Robyn Birch head to Canada for Grand Prix

IMG_1624PLYMOUTH’S teenage diving star Matthew Dixon has flown out to Canada to compete in his first senior FINA Grand Prix event.

Dixon (pictured left), who will celebrate his 15th birthday on April 19, will compete at the Gatineau leg of the nine-event series.

He is joined in Canada by his Plymouth Diving team-mate Robyn Birch.

Dixon and Birch will both compete in the individual platform events in Canada, while Birch will also take part in the women’s synchro competition, partnering Georgia Ward. It will be the first time Dixon has competed on the world stage as a senior. His only previous senior international experience came at last year’s Commonwealth Games.

Dixon has headed to Canada in good form after winning the British Elite Junior Championships at the weekend. That followed on from claiming a silver medal behind Tom Daley at the senior event in February.

University of St Mark and St John’s student Birch will be using the trip to North America to help build for this summer’s World University Games in South Korea, where she will be joined by her team-mate Rhea Gayle.

Dixon will also be hoping to compete at a major event this summer, although British Diving have yet to finalise all their squads for the season.


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