Plymouth Diving pair impress at Swim England’s Dryland Games

TWO young Plymouth divers were among the medallists at Swim England’s inaugural Level X Diving Dryland Games.

The virtual live-streamed competition – which took place via the Swim England Facebook page – was the first of its kind for the sport.

More than 250 entrants took part which required them to film a series of dryland diving drills to then be scored by a panel of judges.

The top 10 point-scoring entrants in each category were showcased during the live stream, with each of the winners invited to speak.

The event was hosted by Swim England’s diving talent development officer Suzie Collins, Rio 2016 Olympian Freddie Woodward, and Commonwealth Games diver Jack Haslam.

Plymouth’s divers have not been able to train in their Life Centre home for a year now, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the building requiring major repairs.  However, members of Plymouth Diving showed they had been keeping up with their dry land skills.

Eva Lang took the England title in the 11-13 year-old girls’ competition with 136.5 points, while Harry Westbury came third in the eight to 10-year-old boys’ event. There was also a top 10 finish for Noah Underwood in the 11-13 boys’ section.

After the event Swim England’s Collins said: “We are delighted to have been able to put on this event for the diving community – the interactivity from the athletes and having such great commentators joining us made this a really excellent event to be a part of.

“Freddie and Jack spoke before the event about the importance of competition and having something to strive for – so we hope this Level X event struck that competitive chord for those who took part and sparked that fire for them ahead of their long-awaited return to the water.”

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