Diving duo train with Olympic champion after earning place on Swim England programme

TWO young divers from Plymouth got the chance to train alongside Olympic gold medallist Jack Laugher at the weekend after been selected for the Swim England Team Z diving programme.

Oliver Heath and Theo Stevens and 20 other members of the squad all headed for Leeds for a special three-day training camp.

They got the chance to talk and train with Laugher and other elite divers who are based at Leeds.

The 22-strong Swim England Team Z squad was selected from clubs around the country and includes divers who have either been on the Swim England talent pathway for more than a year or who were recently selected following the Talent Games last November.

As well as getting advice and tips from Olympians the squad also took part in ballet sessions, physical testing, goal setting and planning sessions.

Suzie Collins, Swim England talent development officer for diving said the weekend was “an amazing opportunity for them to learn from the very best in the sport”.

Meanwhile, most of the country’s top divers will be heading for Plymouth at the end of this month for the first major competition of 2020.

The Life Centre is once again hosting the British Diving Championships, which will take place over the weekend of January 24-26.

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