PLYMOUTH’S Life Centre with host a new international diving competition this month.
The city venue will hold the inaugural Futures Cup over the weekend of May 14 -15.
The event will see current and future stars of British diving go up against rivals from the USA, Canada and the Ukraine in the top-level competition.
Great Britain will have a team as will each of the Home Nations of England, Scotland and Wales.
The event – which was devised following the withdrawal of British, US and Canadian teams from December’s World Junior Diving Championships, as well as the subsequent cancellation of FINA Diving World Series and Grand Prix contests in 2022 – will feature both junior and senior elements, providing valuable competition opportunities for those who have lacked such moments over the past two years.
It will also allow a range of athletes with chances in the arena to test lists, new dives and the work done in training ahead of a busy summer of aquatics competition, with many eyeing June’s World Championships, July’s European Junior Championships, the Commonwealth Games or other marquee events.
Plymouth’s Matthew Dixon will be among the divers taking part in the senior event, alongside Olympic champion Matty Lee and Olympians Noah Williams, Eden Cheng , Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, James Heatly and Grace Reid.
British Diving performance pathway lead Julian Bellan said: “The first Futures Cup is something we have been working on for a little while after seeing some big competition opportunities lost for both our junior and senior divers over recent months.
“This will be a fantastic event to provide that high level of international competition mid-season, with so many big events to follow before the summer is out. As well as seeing some of our established divers in action, it will be a valuable two days for the next generation of British Diving stars.
“We are so pleased to be able to host friends from the US and Canada teams, as well as Oleksii and Kirilli from Ukraine. The Plymouth Life Centre is always a brilliant host for our national and international diving events, and we look forward to being back there, with spectators back in the stands too.”