PLYMOUTH junior star Euan McCabe was delighted to reach the final of a high-class men’s three-metre event at the British Diving Championships at the Life Centre on Saturday.
The 14-year-old is better known for his platform diving, but he competed well against the country’s top senior springboarders.
Having come through a 28-strong qualifying group, he finished eighth in the national final, which was won by Scotland’s Commonwealth Games medallist James Heatley. Heatley finished just ahead of former Plymouth diver and Olympic medallist Dan Goodfellow.
“I was not expecting that at all,” said McCabe afterwards. “It was a shock.”
McCabe, who has been struggling with a wrist injury, is hoping to continue the form he showed last year, when he made his breakthrough at international level. He won a silver medal in the boys’ B platform event at the European Junior Championships in Kazan to go with a gold medal at the Dresden Youth International in Germany.
And the Hele’s School pupil has his eyes on more success in 2020, especially as he will be in the same age category as last season.
“My ambition is to go to the Junior Europeans and Junior Worlds at the end of the year,” he said.
McCabe, Matthew Dixon and Connor West are among the entries for Sunday’s platform competition. Dixon is a former winner of the event and will be one of the leading contenders again. Fellow Plymothians Tom Daley and Aidan Heslop are both missing the competition due to injury.
Plymouth’s Cody Powell-Tuckett finished 12th in the women’s platform event on Saturday, which saw former team-mate Robyn Birch, who now competes for Dive London, pick up the bronze medal.