Aquatics

Plymouth’s Dixon named in GB squad for European Championships in Scotland

MATTHEW DIXON will continue his impressive year by representing Great Britain at the European Championships in Scotland this summer.

The 18-year-old Plymouth diver has already won the British platform title, claimed two Commonwealth Games silver medals and secured a top 10 finish at last week’s FINA World Cup in China.

Dixon was only beaten by two Europeans at the World Cup and so he will head to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh in August with high hopes.

He will be part of a 15-strong British team which will also include former Plymouth divers Robyn Birch and Dan Goodfellow, as well as Olympic medallists Jack Laugher and Chris Mears.

The pool at Edinburgh has happy memories for Dixon as that was where he made his first senior international appearance as a 14-year-old at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

British Diving’s national performance director Alexei Evangulov is pleased with how this year is going for the team, despite Tom Daley’s absence, and he is looking forward to the European Championships.

“We have already seen some excellent performances by our divers in 2018 across the FINA Diving World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Diving World Series,” said Evangulov.

“We have established members of the team, with younger divers who have the chance to make their mark.”

The European Championships will start on August 7 and run through to August 11.

British team to compete at the European Championships

Robyn Birch

Alicia Blagg

Eden Cheng

Matthew Dixon

Daniel Goodfellow

Ross Haslam

James Heatly

Jack Laugher

Matty Lee

Chris Mears

Scarlett Mew Jensen

Grace Reid

Katherine Torrance

Lois Toulson

Noah Williams

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