Plymouth warms up for top diving action this weekend

Plymouth will be the centre of the British diving world this weekend as it plays host to the sport’s biggest domestic competition of the year.

Divers from all over the country will be heading to the Plymouth Life Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to compete in the 2018 British Diving Championships.

Plymouth Diving is well represented this year and, despite the recent retirement of former Olympian Tonia Couch there are high hopes for a strong team performance.

Head coach Alexandra Rochas, who took up the reins last year when former GB coach Andy Banks left for a position in Australia, is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

The former international coach for France said: “The Plymouth Life Centre facilities are amongst the best I have seen, but it is nothing without my team. We cannot achieve goals alone – you must trust and support your team.

“I’m confident the future is bright and I’m hopeful for this weekend but I’m taking a long-term view – I don’t want to exert undue pressure on my divers. We will be looking to get as many into finals as possible and then, we will see.”

The squad includes well-known local names such as Matthew Dixon, Aidan Heslop and Kayleigh Sinclair as well as some new faces, with 12-year-old Euan McCabe entering the scene as Plymouth’s youngest competitor and one to watch for the future. 

They all train at the Plymouth Life Centre, which is owned by the Council and run in partnership with Everyone Active.

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “The British Diving Championships are an amazing showcase of skill and talent and we’re so proud to be hosting the event here in Britain’s Ocean City again. We can look forward to a weekend of fantastic diving displays.”

David Greenwood, Everyone Active’s contract manager, added: “We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious event once again and reaffirm the Life Centre’s position as one of the leading aquatic facilities in the country. It promises to be a fantastic weekend of sport and we are looking forward to welcoming so many brilliant athletes to the city.”

For full details of the events and competitors see the British Swimming website. Most sessions are now sold out but there is a limited number of tickets left for those who get in fast.

You can also follow all the action on the British Swimming YouTube channel (where events will be live streamed), the BBC Sport website and on Twitter and Facebook – follow #BDC2018.