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Life Centre ready to host another top diving event

Life Centre

PLYMOUTH’S Life Centre pool is gearing up for hosting another top quality diving event over the Easter holidays.

The British Elite Junior Championships are once again taking place at the city venue.

The competition will start on Wednesday, March 30, and finish on Saturday, April 2.

It is the fourth year in a row the Life Centre has held the top junior event.

British Diving’s talent and development manager Julian Bellan said: “Plymouth has become a home-from-home for our junior competitions with the event being hosted there for a fourth consecutive year.

“The Junior Elites will decide the GB age group champions for 2016, will serve to select the team for the European Junior Championships which take place in Rijeka, Croatia, in June and our Youth England team that will compete in Italy in July at the Mediterranean Cup.

“Although 2016 is a big year in terms of Olympic Games we must remember just four years ago Jack Laugher, Thomas Daley, Grace Reid and Hannah Starling were competing at this event in a bid to qualify for the Junior Worlds. The divers at this event could well be among our Tokyo divers in 2020.”

Deputy leader of Plymouth City Council, Peter Smith, said: “We are thrilled to be able to host the 2016 British Elite Junior Diving Championships here in Plymouth.

“It is a premier event in the British diving calendar and showcase the fantastic talent we have here n the UK.”

Plymouth’s Victoria Vincent, who won two gold medals last weekend competing for Great Britain and the Seven Nations event in Edinburgh, will be among the favourites after missing last year’s event due to injury.

Fellow Plymouth teenager and Commonwealth Games competitor, Matthew Dixon, was a champion last year, while Shanice Lobb and Cody Powell-Tuckett also won individual medals.

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