Tom Daley rounds off weekend of top-class diving in Plymouth

Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Chris Mavin wth Matthew Dixon and Tom Daley

Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Chris Mavin with Matthew Dixon and Tom Daley

A dominant display from local star Tom Daley brought the curtain down on a sensational weekend of top class diving at the Plymouth Life Centre from 1 to 3 February.

The British National Diving Cup provided thrills and excitement throughout with all the big names battling it out in front of a packed crowd.

The number of divers taking part was at a five-year high, with just under 100 competitors from all over Britain as well as Jamaica, Romania, South Africa, Singapore and Spain.

Making a return after 12 months out of the sport, Daley secured dual success, winning gold in both the men’s 10-metre platform and the men’s 10-metre synchro alongside Matty Lee.

Tom’s former club Plymouth Diving (who train at the Plymouth Life Centre) were well represented, with Matthew Dixon securing silver in the men’s 10-metre platform and Shanice Lobb winning bronze in the women’s 10-metre platform.

Dixon finished his preliminary round in third place but came back to finish with two dives that scored almost 80 points and took his total to 440.50 points. Also in the final were Aidan Heslop (who finished fourth), Euan McCabe (seventh) and Alfie Brown (eighth).

In the women’s 10-metre platform Shanice Lobb, who was making her return to competition, scored 287.30 to win bronze.

Victoria Vincent won bronze in the three-metre synchro alongside partner Yasmin Harper, with Kayleigh Sinclair and Summer Radcliffe finishing in fifth place overall. Sinclair was one of Plymouth’s busiest divers, also reaching the finals of the one-metre and three-metre springboard.

Head coach Alex Rochas said: “It was a great competition for Plymouth Diving. It was our first competition of 2019 and I was pleased to see the consistency in the diving at such an early point in the season.

“It was really great to see Summer, Alfie, Joshua, Cody and Connor, who are junior divers, competing against top senior athletes. Also Victoria with her new partner Yasmin Harper (City of Sheffield) and Shanice getting medals.

“Euan and Aidan showed their potential and Kayleigh finished fourth in front of two work class divers. Matthew performed excellently in what was a world-class field.

“I think we’ll have a good season ahead. I’m looking forward to see what Plymouth Diving can achieve.”

The Plymouth Life Centre is run by Everyone Active on behalf of the Council. We both worked in partnership with British Swimming to stage the event and showcase British diving at its very best. Plymouth’s learn-to dive programme currently caters for 518 individual people, completing 849 diving lessons every week.

Deputy Council Leader Pete Smith said: “Diving is hugely popular in Plymouth and we are really proud to financially support and host major competitions like the National Diving Cup. This reaffirms the Plymouth Life Centre a top sports venue and aquatics facility.

“Everyone was hugely excited to welcome Tom back to his home town and see the country’s best divers showcasing their skills – and they didn’t disappoint. We’re obviously incredibly proud of our local young divers and it was great to see so many of them taking part.

“A massive congratulations to Matthew, Shanice and Victoria on their medal-wins.”

Plymouth Diving were represented by:

Alfie Brown
Matthew Dixon
Joshua Freeman
Euan McCabe
Aidan Heslop
Shanice Lobb
Cody Powell-Tuckett
Summer Radcliffe
Kayleigh Sinclair
Victoria Vincent
Connor West