Plymouth diver Dixon selected to compete at FINA Grand Prix in Rostock this month

PLYMOUTH’S Matthew Dixon will appear in his first international competition of 2018 this month.

The 17-year-old Plymouth Studio School pupil has been selected as part of a 10-strong Great Britain diving team that will head off to Germany to take part in the Rostock FINA Diving Grand Prix.

The competition will take place between February 23 and February 25 and will give many of the team valuable experience ahead of April’s Commonwealth Games.

Dixon, who last month became British platform champion, was officially named in England’s team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Monday.

Joining him in Germany this month will be his former Plymouth team-mate Robyn Birch, who is now based in London after graduating from Marjon University.

British Diving team leader Kim White said: “We saw some really high quality diving at the British Diving Championships last month and hope our squad can replicate this on the World stage.

“Five of our newly-crowned British champions are in the team travelling to Rostock and I’m confident they can take that momentum into this competition.

“We know there will be a very high level of competition with China, USA, Australia and Canada sending some of the world’s best divers.”

The team is:  Jack Haslam – 3m & 3m synchro, Ross Haslam – 3m & 3m synchro, Matty Lee – 10m, 10m synchro & mixed 10m synchro, Kyle Kothari – 10m synchro & mixed 3m synchro, Matthew Dixon – 10m individual, Lois Toulson – 10m, 10m synchro & mixed 10m synchro, Robyn Birch – 10m synchro, Georgina Davenport – 10m individual, Millie Haffety – 3m & 3m synchro, Scarlett Mew Jensen – 3m, 3m synchro & mixed 3m synchro

Meanwhile, divers from around the country will be heading to Plymouth’s Life Centre this coming weekend for the annual Armada Cup. The event starts on Saturday and runs through to Tuesday.

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