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2017 REVIEW: A look back at the top Plymouth sports stories over the past 12 months


Plymouth Argyle famously held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the third round of the FA Cup before narrowly losing the replay 1-0 at a packed Home Park 10 days later, with Brazilian Lucas scoring the only goal.

City of Plymouth athlete Victoria Weir represented Great Britain at the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country. She impressed in Scotland, finishing ninth overall and third Brit in the junior women’s race. Weir also enjoyed a successful debut for England by winning silver at the Elgoibar International Cross Country in Spain.

Also in cross country, Tavistock’s Tess Masselink and City of Plymouth’s Poppy Northcott were among the medal winners at the South West Club and County Championships at Exeter.

Hurdler David King opened his indoor season by finishing third at the Welsh Championships behind Great Britain team-mates Andy Pozzi and David Omoregie.

Plymouth Leander swimmer Ben Proud got 2017 off to tremendous start by winning two gold medals for Great Britain at the Euro Meet event in Luxembourg.  He triumphed in the 50m butterfly and freestyle events.

Myles Pillage produced an impressive performance in the opening national modern pentathlon ranking event of the year at Bath. The 18-year-old finished third overall, beating Olympian and former world number one Jamie Cooke, and was first junior man in the competition.

Meanwhile, fellow Plymouth modern pentathlete Kerenza Bryson finished eighth overall and top British athlete at the season-opening Hungarian Indoor Competition in Budapest.  She was also Britain’s top performer at the Junior Fencing World Cup in Dijon, France.

Pilgrim Flyers impressed at the opening Soggy Bottom event at Newnham Park. Rosie Andrews, Helen and Fiona Barran and Dylan Gorrin were among the winners at the mountain bike competition.

Tavistock forward Theo Cousins and Ivybridge scrum-half Jay Toogood were both been named in the South West of England Under-18 rugby squad.

Also in rugby, Plympton Victoria coach Howell Phillips confirmed he was standing down for health reasons after discovering a tumour in his pelvis.


Ben Moore on the podium in Big White, Canada (picture courtesy of IPC)

Plymouth Raiders reached the BBL Trophy final for the first time in five years by overcoming Worcester Wolves in a two-legged semi-final.

Plymouth’s Ben Moore claimed a bronze medal at the World Para Snowboard Championships in Canada. The 31-year-old’s podium place came in the men’s banked slalom UL event at the Big White venue.

Athlete David King set a new 60m hurdles personal best at the Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham. The former Devonport High School for Boys pupil clocked 7.63 seconds to finish second behind Andy Pozzi and beat 2012 Olympic and world indoor champion Aries Merritt, who finished third in 7.70.

King also booked his spot at the European Indoor Championship by finishing second at the British trials in the same month.

Fellow City of Plymouth athletes James Arnott and Poppy Tank were also in the news in February. Arnott competed for England at the Nitro Athletics Series events in Melbourne, Australia, while Tank set a new 3,000m personal best at the MPSF Championships in Seattle, USA. Competing for the University of Utah, Tank clocked a time of 9:39.88 minutes at the indoor event.

Plymouth Leander’s Tom Fannon was named in a 41-strong British swimming squad to travel to Indianapolis for the US Pro Swim Series.

Also in swimming, Plymouth students Jessica Jackson and Tom Maurer both won titles at the BUCS Swimming Championships in Sheffield, while Robin Armayan was appointed as Jon Rudd’s successor as Plymouth College’s new director of swimming and Plymouth Leander’s head coach.

In diving, Matthew Dixon, Tom Daley, Tonia Couch and Shanice Lobb all won medals at the National Diving Cup, which was held at the Life Centre.

Myles Pillage came agonisingly close to winning a medal with Jess Varley in the mixed relay event at the World Cup in Los Angeles. The two World Cup debutants belied their inexperience to finish fourth overall for Great Britain.

Plymouth College fencer Ben Andrews was selected to represent Great Britain at both the European and World Cadet Championships.

Pilgrim Flyers’ Oliver Allen and Fiona Barron were among the winners at the second Soggy Bottom Mountain Bike event at Newnham Park.

Plymouth Albion Ladies players Lagi Tuima and Michaella Roberts won England under-20 caps against France and the British Army, while Dan Pullinger and Nile Dacres helped England Counties to victory over a Scotland Club XV at Moseley.


City of Plymouth’s Victoria Weir was Great Britain’s top performing athlete in the junior women’s race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda. The 19-year-old, competing at a global event for the first time, finished 40th overall in a race dominated by African athletes.

Meanwhile, at the same time in South Korea, fellow City of Plymouth athlete Simon Anderson won a gold and a silver medal at the World Masters’ Indoor Championships. He triumphed in the 3,000m and was runner-up in the 1,500m. He also came fourth in the cross country event.

Fellow Plymouth athlete James Arnott completed a sprint double at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai. Having won the T44/46/47 200m, Arnott added the 100m T43-47 gold to his collection, clocking 11.45 seconds.

Meanwhile, at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Serbia, David King finished  11th overall in the 60m hurdles.

Jim Cole set a new course record as he claimed a convincing victory in the Tavy13 race. The Tavistock athlete clocked a time of 1:15.17 for the popular half marathon, which was nearly one-and-a-half minutes quicker than the previous best mark.

Young Plymouth modern pentathletes Myles Pillage and Kerenza Bryson impressed at the UIPM World Cup event in Cairo. Pillage, who had made his World Cup debut in Los Angeles the previous month, had not been well enough to compete in the individual event in Egypt, but he had recovered in time to take part in the mixed relay where he won a silver medal with Jo Muir. Meanwhile, Bryson reached the women’s individual final, where she finished 26th.

Saltash moved to within one game of Twickenham after beating Swindon College Old Boys 22-5 at Moorlands Lane to win the South West Counties’ Senior Vase final.

Also in rugby Old Techs won promotion to Devon One by beating Buckfastleigh at home.

Plymouth Raiders suffered a BBL Trophy final nightmare, losing 91-58 to Leicester Riders in Glasgow.

Tom Daley secured a bronze medal in the men’s 10m individual platform competition at the opening FINA/NVC World Series event in Beijing. He then added a synchro bronze with Dan Goodfellow on the final day of the month at the World Series event in Kazan, Russia.


Plymouth Argyle secured promotion to League One with a 6-1 win over Newport County at Home Park.

Plymouth diving stars Tom Daley, Tonia Couch and Matthew Dixon all claimed major international medals in April.

Daley won an individual bronze in the 10m platform event at the FINA/NVC World Series in Windsor, Canada.

Couch was also on the podium in Windsor. She and Lois Toulson claimed a bronze medal in the women’s 10m synchro competition at the final World Series event. Couch’s medal in Windsor meant she had picked up at least one World Series medal each season for the last six years.

Meanwhile, Dixon won gold in the boys’ A platform final at the Dresden International Meet in Germany and also two medals at the Canada Cup FINA Grand Prix. He won gold in the men’s synchro with Noah Williams and a bronze in the men’s individual platform final.

At the Life Centre, Plymouth Diving won 10 medals at the British Elite Junior Championships, with Aidan Heslop and Evangeline Piper winning three individual medals each. There were also gold medals for Dixon and Alfie Brown.

In swimming, Leander’s Ben Proud claimed two national records in as many days at the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield. Just 24 hours after he had smashed his own 50m British freestyle best time, he did exactly the same in the 50m butterfly event to finish the meet with two titles.

Erme Valley Harriers triple jumper Sam Trigg achieved his long-term goal of breaking the 16-metre barrier on his way to victory at the Longhorn Invitational Meet in Austin, Texas.

Jim Cole claimed his third half marathon title within the space of five weeks with victory in Britain’s Ocean City (Plymouth) Half Marathon.

Saltash’s dreams of reaching their first Twickenham cup final ended at London Three South West champions Farnham. Farnham, who had only lost once all season, claimed a 32-21 home win to reach the RFU Senior Vase final at English rugby’s HQ.

Plymouth Albion finished as runners-up in National One after victories over Macclesfield, Ampthill, Blackheath and Cambridge in April.

Meanwhile, Old Techs retained the Lockie Cup with a thrilling 31-28 victory over DHSOB in the final at the Rectory. They had been 21-8 down at half-time. Plymouth University claimed the Ellis Trophy, Devonport Services IIs the RNEC Cup and OPM IIs the Pedrick Cup.

Plymouth College fencer Ben Andrews exceeded all expectations at his first World Championships. Competing in the cadet event in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Andrews finished an impressive 15th overall. He was the only British fencer in any discipline to reach the last 16.

Plymouth schoolboy darts star Keelan Kay enjoyed a successful debut for England. He won both his matches and was voted player of the tournament in Bradford as he helped the England boys’ team to victory against Wales and Scotland.

Plymouth College pentathletes Annabel Denton and Georgina Mitchell impressed for Great Britain at the Portuguese Under-17 National Championships. Denton, on her international debut, took silver, with Mitchell fourth.


Top diving coach Andy Banks announced he was leaving Plymouth after 25 years to take up a national coaching role in Australia. Banks had helped produce the likes of Olympians Tom Daley, Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch.

Plymouth Leander’s Jessica Jackson was named in Great Britain’s swimming squad for the 2017 World University Games in Chinese Taipei.

Erme Valley Harriers athlete Sam Trigg smashed his personal best on the way to qualifying for the NCAA Championships in America. Trigg leaped an impressive 16.38m to finish fourth in the NCAA West Division One preliminary round in Austin, Texas. His jump also qualified him to compete for Great Britain at the World University Games.

Trigg’s club colleague Will Battershill also set a new 3,000m personal best in America. Competing for Harvard University at the Eastern Colleges’ Athletic Conference Championships in Princeton, he ran under nine minutes for the first time in his career. The Great Britain junior international clocked an impressive 8:55.84 minutes.

Also in athletics, City of Plymouth athlete Victoria Weir won a silver medal on her debut at the BUSC Outdoor Athletics Championships at Bedford. Weir, representing Birmingham University, finished second in the women’s 2,000m steeplechase in 6:40.45.

Plymouth Argyle missed out on winning the League Two title on goal difference after drawing their final match at Grimsby Town.

Cornwall were unable to claim a hat-trick of County Championship titles, losing 19-8 in the final at Twickenham to old rivals Lancashire. The Duchy had beaten Hertfordshire, Devon and Surrey to reach a fifth consecutive final. Devon found life tough on their return to the top flight, losing to Gloucestershire, Cornwall and Kent.

Plymouth Albion players Robin Wedlake, Matt Shepherd and Nile Dacres were part of the England Counties squad that toured Spain.

Plymouth Diving’s Aidan Heslop made his mark on the international scene by winning a bronze medal at the FINA Grand Prix in Madrid. Heslop took third place in the men’s platform event in the Spanish capital.

Ivybridge Community College pupil Lewis Widdicombe was selected to represent Great Britain at the Cadet European Judo Championships in Lithuania.

Plymouth College returned home from British Youth Fencing Championships in Sheffield with three gold medals and a bronze. Ben Andrews, Abagael Black and Tia Simms-Lymn all won titles, while Taylor Foxwell-Moss also made the podium after beating team-mate Katy Miles in the quarter-finals at the English Institute of Sport.


Plymouth Diving’s Matthew Dixon and Aidan Heslop both won medals at the European Junior Championships in Bergen, Norway.

Dixon retained his boys’ A platform title and also won a synchro silver medal with Noah Williams, while Heslop won bronze in the boys’ B platform final, where his club colleague Alfie Brown came fifth.

Dixon and Williams also won a bronze medal in the 10m synchro event at the European Senior Championships in Kiev that same month.

In a busy month of diving, Dixon also won silver in the platform event at the British Championships in Edinburgh, with Heslop finishing fourth. Heslop did win mixed three-metre synchro silver with Kayleigh Sinclair.

Divers Tonia Couch, Tom Daley and Owen Weymouth were all named in Great Britain’s squad for the World Aquatic Championships in Budapest.

Plymouth College’s Georgina Mitchell won the under-19 girls’ title at the British Youth Modern Pentathlon Championships ahead of competing at the European Under-17 Championship.

Meanwhile, fellow pentathlete Myles Pillage made his debut at the European Junior Championships in Spain.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill confirmed his place in Great Britain’s squad for the European Junior Championships in Italy by winning the England Under-20 steeplechase title for a second season running.

Battershill’s club colleague Sam Trigg earned All-American honours by claiming a top eight finish in the NCAA Championships in Eugene.

David King set a new legal personal best of 13.48 seconds and ran the World Championship qualifying time at the Bydgoszcz European Classic Meet in Poland.

Meanwhile, City of Plymouth colleague Emily Bee triumphed at the South West Schools’ Combined Events Championships in Yeovil and moved to the top of the UK under-17 heptathlon rankings, while team-mate Sammie Harris moved to the top of the under-17 girls’ 80m hurdles rankings with victory at South West Schools’ Championships at Exeter.

In ultra running, Adam Holland won the popular 32-mile Dartmoor Discovery race.

Plymouth Leander swimmer Ben Proud picked up two medals at the Sette Colli International in Rome. He took silver in the men’s 50m freestyle final and then added a bronze in the 50m butterfly.

Young Plymouth darts star Keelan Kay won his first national title. Kay was crowned England Open boys’ champion at Chichester with victory over Sussex’s Alex Gurr.


July brought World Championship success for aquatic stars Tom Daley and Ben Proud.

Daley produced his best display of diving of his life to win the men’s platform title in Budapest.  The British star claimed a championship record-breaking score of 590.95 points to beat Chinese divers Aisen Chen, the 2016 Olympic champion, and Jian Yang.  That was 50 points more than he had scored to win the world title as a 15-year-old eight years earlier. Daley also won a silver medal in the mixed three-metre synchro with Grace Reid.

Proud also became a world champion. He sensationally triumphed in the men’s 50m butterfly final with a new British record swim of 22.75 seconds before winning a bronze in the 50m freestyle in Budapest.

Plymouth cricketer Heather Knight also became a world champion in July. She captained the England women’s cricket team to victory in a thrilling World Cup final at Lord’s.

Diver Tonia Couch competed at her seventh World Championships. She and her partner Lois Toulson finished seventh in the women’s 10m synchro final.

There was also success in July for fellow Plymouth divers Aidan Heslop, who won the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship in Ponte Brolla in Switzerland, Owen Weymouth, who took victory at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition in Crete, and Connor West, who won two gold medals and a bronze at the National Age Group Championships in Sheffield.

Meanwhile, Leander’s Laura Stephens and Duru Tanir and Mount Kelly’s Kaylee Dekker and Athena Clayson were among the swimmers who won titles at the British Summer Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

David King booked his spot at the IAAF World Championships in London by winning the 110m hurdles at the British Championships in Birmingham.

Also in athletics, City of Plymouth’s Matt Sumner and Erme Valley Harriers’ Sam Trigg both won medals at the England Athletics Senior and UK CAU Championships in Bedford. Sumner produced a great run to break his personal best that had stood for five years and picked up a silver medal in the men’s 400m hurdles. He clocked 51.21 seconds to finish behind Southampton’s James Forman. Meanwhile, Trigg won bronze in the men’s triple jump behind Nathan Douglas and Jonathan Ilori.

There was disappointment at the European Under-20 Athletics Championships in Italy for Erme Valley’s Will Battershill. The Devon youngster was hoping to push for a medal in the 3,000m steeplechase final, having eased through the qualification round, but he suffered a nasty ankle injury in the warm-up and could not take part in the final.

Sammie Harris won a bronze medal in the intermediate girls’ 80m hurdles at the English Schools’ Track & Field Championships in Birmingham with a personal best time of 11.17 seconds.

Meanwhile, athletes competing at the Devon Open Series at Brickfields got a nice surprise when New Zealand international Angie Petty turned up to compete as a warm-up for the IAAF World Championships in London.

Plymouth modern pentathlete Myles Pillage and his Great Britain team-mate Jess Varley claimed a sixth place finish in the mixed relay at the European Championships in Minsk, while Georgina Mitchell competed at the World Under-19 Championships in Prague.


Plymouth’s David King made his global debut by competing at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London. Although he was unable to reach the semi-finals of the 110m hurdles he did gain valuable experience of competing at a major championship.

Athlete Sam Trigg and swimmer Jessica Jackson competed at the World University Games in Chinese Taipei. Trigg reached the men’s triple jump final, where he finished 12th.

City of Plymouth’s Doaa Shayea picked up three medals at the England Athletics IPC event at Bedford. She finished second in the women’s 100m, 200m and 400m wheelchair events.

Emily Bee produced her best 80m hurdles form of the season to win a bronze medal at the English Under-17 Championships at Bedford. She also won two titles at the South West Club and Inter-Counties Championships that month.

Tavistock athlete Adam Holland broke a number of records for doing 10 marathons in 10 day in Italy.

Plymouth athlete Neal Edwards won a silver medal at the European Masters’ Championships in Denmark. The Royal Navy man, who is a coach at City of Plymouth AC, took second place in the men’s over-45 400m hurdles in Aarhus.

Sharn Hooper claimed an age group silver medal at the ITC Cross Triathlon World Championships in Canada. Hooper took second in the women’s 30-34 age category at the event held in Penticton, British Columbia.

Myles Pillage made his debut at the UIPM World Championships in Cairo. He and Great Britain partner Bradley Sutton finished 15th in the men’s relay event, while Kerenza Bryson enjoyed an encouraging debut at the Junior World Championships in Hungary.

Young Devonport Royal swimmer Abigail Daly returned home with a host of medals from the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games in Sheffield. Daly, competing for the South West, collected two golds and three silver medals from the championships at Ponds Forge.

It was announced that Frenchman Alexandre Rochas would become Plymouth Diving’s new head coach.

Teenage Plymouth diver Aidan Heslop continued his fine year by claiming victory at the iconic Kanal Bridge diving competition in Slovenia, while team-mate Summer Radcliffe enjoyed a medal-winning international debut in Italy. The 12-year-old represented England at the Mediterranean Cup in Bolzano and returned home with a bronze medal and two more top five finishes.

Plymouth’s leading billiards player Steve Brookshaw received a call-up to play for England at the Home Internationals Championships.


Plymouth fencer Ben Andrews claimed victory at the Under-17 British Ranking Competition held at the Manchester Fencing Centre.

City of Plymouth’s Noah Jones moved into the UK’s all-time top 10 for the under-13 pole vault with a new personal best of 2.75m at the last Exeter Evening Open Meeting of the season.

Club team-mate Emily Bee and Sammie Harris both set new personal bests as they helped Devon’s intermediate girls’ team to victory at the English Schools’ Combined Events Championships in Boston.

Plymouth billiards stars Steve Brookshaw and Chris Coumbe earned invites to compete in the LITEtask World Championships in Leeds.

Plymouth Swallows Gymnastics Club’s Ruby Stacey became South West espoir champion. The 12-year-old took the title after gaining gold medals on the vault, bars and floor and a silver on the beam at the regional championships in Wiltshire.

City of Plymouth TGC’s Ben Miller and Oscar Piper both won medals at the British Trampoline & DMT Championships in Liverpool. Miller took silver in the 13-14 year-old boys’ elite trampoline FIG, while Piper claimed a bronze medal in the 11-12 year-old’s DMT (double mini trampoline) elite FIG.

Tavistock’s Olympic medallist Heather Fell enjoyed an impressive debut at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in America. Fell, who won a silver medal in the modern pentathlon at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, claimed a top 10 age category placing in Chattanooga, Tennesee, in her new sport.

Great Britain paratriathlete Steve Crowley was among the competitors at the Plymouth Open Water Aquathlon at Mount Batten. He used the event as a warm-up for Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam.

Devonport Royal’s Harry Noble and Mount Kelly’s Finlay Middleton won titles at the 2017 UK School Games National Finals in Loughborough.


City of Plymouth hurdler David King and Leander swimmer Ben Proud were confirmed in the England team for April’s Commonwealth Games.

Plymouth international athlete Victoria Weir returned to action following months out with an ankle injury and ran the fastest time at the Manchester Relays.

Jordan Andrews won both the Plymouth 10k and the Tavy 7 race in October.

Swimmers Laura Stephens and Jessica Jackson won senior medals at the Manchester International Meet.

Torpoint’s David Wetherill picked up a team gold and an individual silver medal at the European Para Table Tennis Championships in Slovenia.

Pentathlete Kerenza Bryson claimed a top 10 individual finish and helped Great Britain to a team bronze medal at the inaugural European Under-24 European Championship in Poland, while Plymouth College pentathletes Georgina Mitchell and Annabel Denton helped Great Britain to a team bronze medal at the Olympic Hopes event in Prague.

Earlier in the month Mitchell had claimed her first international title with victory at the Jury Horishko Memorial in Kyrgyzstan, with Denton finishing seventh.

Fencer Ben Andrews moved into Europe’s top 10 at the under-17 age group after finishing fifth at the Turkish Fencing Federation EFC ranking competition in Antalya. He and team-mate Abagael Black both competed for Great Britain at the European Cadet Circuit International in Klagenfurt.

Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club made an impression on the world stage. The Devonport-based club took on competitors from around the globe at the World Coastal Rowing Championships on Lake Geneva. Mayflower enjoyed plenty of success at the event in Thonon-les-Bains with five crews progressing to finals.

Plymouth Tri Club’s Ken Holder and Tavistock Olympian Heather Fell both overcame tough conditions to complete the 2017 World Ironman Championships in Hawaii.


Young Plymouth rugby player Lagi Tuima made her full England debut as a replacement in their 49-12 win against Canada at the Stoop. The 19-year-old utility back was then handed a start in the final Test against the same opponents at Twickenham.

Former Plymouth Albion player Sam Simmonds was another rugby player to be handed an England debut in November in the autumn internationals, where Plymouth’s Henry Slade added three more caps with starts against Argentina and Samoa and a replacement appearance against Australia.

Tamar Saracens centre Steve Hodge helped the England Deaf rugby side to a 3-0 Test series victory over New Zealand.

Olympian Tonia Couch announced her retirement from diving at the age of 28. She enjoyed an impressive career, competing at three Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games and seven World Championships. She won European, Commonwealth and World Cup medals and became Britain’s most successful female diver.

City of Plymouth’s Victoria Weir continued her return from injury with a sixth-placed finish in the under-20 race at the European trials at Liverpool’s Sefton Park. Her performance was enough to secure her a place in the Great Britain team at the European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia.

Plymouth College’s Samuel Mills-Shute was runner-up in the under-17 boys’ event at the British Modern Biathlon Championships at Solihull.

Fencer Ben Andrews captained the Great Britain under-17 men’s A epee team to a bronze medal at the Klagenfurt European Fencing Tournament in Austria.

Divers Aidan Helsop and Connor West won senior medals at the Irish Open in Dublin, while Matthew Dixon competed at the FINA Grand Prix on the Gold Coast in Australia. He reached the men’s final but had to pull-out due to injury.

Plymouth Diving also sent at team to Ulla Klinger Cup in Aachen, Germany, where they returned with six medals. Alfie Westerman and Euan McCabe claimed gold in the boys’ D/C three-metre synchro event, while Zachery Anderson won three individual medals.  There were also synchro medals for Josh Hughes, Ben Armitage, Summer Radcliffe and Frances Burdett.

Plymouth student swimmers Jessica Jackson, Laura Stephens and Ivo Staub all claimed medals at the BUCS Short Course Championships in Sheffield.

Plymouth Pirates ice hockey team played their long-awaited first game with a 9-8 victory over a Gosport side.


Plymouth swimmers Laura Stephens and Tom Fannon produced stunning performances to win titles in Commonwealth Games consideration times at the National Winter Meet in Sheffield. Stephens, 18, clocked an impressive lifetime best of 2:09.32 to take the 200m butterfly title ahead of Aimee Willmott, Ciara Schlosshan and Hannah Miley, while Fannon, 19, clocked a new PB of 22.10 seconds to take victory in the 50m freestyle.

At the European Short Course Championships in Denmark, Leander’s Ben Proud won silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze medal in the 50m butterfly. During the competition he also set to new British short course records. Former Plymouth College pupil Ruta Meilutyte won both the women’s 50m and 100m breaststroke titles in Denmark.

Also in swimming, Devonport Royal’s Abigail Daly returned home with a stunning five gold medals from the National Para-Swimming Disability Championships (25m) in Manchester.

Plymouth Diving’s Aidan Heslop produced an impressive display of diving at the Scottish National and Open Championships in Edinburgh. The teenager returned home with a gold and a silver medal from the championships and also the consideration score for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia. The Wales hopeful claimed a PB of 465.35 point in the prelims on his way to victory in the men’s 10m event.

City of Plymouth’s Jack Arnott was named in Team England’s 18-strong para-athlete squad for April’s Commonwealth Games.

Club colleague Victoria Weir was part of the Great Britain under-20 women’s team that topped the podium at the European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia.

Tavistock’s Oliver Smart continued his impressive cross country season by winning the Devon county under-15 title and claiming a third success Westward League victory at Exeter.

Saltash’s Barry Russell picked up his first trophy on the World Billiards circuit by winning the Challenge Cup at the LITEtask British Open.

Plymstock School’s Max and Cordelia Gregory won gold and bronze medals at the British Pre-Cadet and Cadet Judo Championships in Sheffield.

Tom Daley was voted 2017 Eurosport British Star of the Year, beating the likes of Mo Farah, Adam Peaty, Chris Froome, Johanna Konta to the title, while Plymouth cricketer Heather Knight was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for captaining England to glory in the Women’s World Cup.



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