Lobb and Dixon finally ready to go at World Junior Champs in Russia

img_4289 Shanice Lobb and Matthew Dixon

PLYMOUTH divers Shanice Lobb and Matthew Dixon’s long wait to compete at the FINA World Junior Championships finally ends this weekend.

Lobb, competing in her last junior international competition, will take part in the girls’ A platform event on Saturday, while her cousin Dixon will compete in the boys’ A 10m category on Sunday.

Lobb, who has recently moved to London, was given the honour of carrying the Great Britain flag at the opening ceremony of the championships in Kazan, Russia, on November 28.

Since then she and Dixon have had to watch their GB team-mates impress at the competition.

Great Britain have already won three medals, two of which have been gold.

Lobb faces a tough task in girls’ platform event, where she will be up against, among others, her GB team-mate and Olympian Lois Toulson, senior German internationals Elena and Christina Wassen and China’s Zhony Nanju.

European junior champion Dixon, who is still only 16, will also face tough competition in the boys’ A platform category. Among his challengers on Sunday will be his GB team-mate Matty Lee and Chinas Tai Xiaoh and Lian Junjie.

Both Lobb and Dixon will compete in the prelims in the morning with the finals scheduled for later in the day.

Lobb is scheduled to dive first in the prelims, with Dixon going 11th.

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