Divers win at ASA National Skills

May 2, 2011 | News

IMG_0431This weekend 23 young divers from Crystal Palace travelled to Sheffield to compete in the ASA National Novice Skills. For 20 of these divers it was their first ever National Skills event and an extremely big weekend for all of them.

Altogether there were almost 300 divers from 27 clubs competing, which is the largest entry ever. The first event was the youngest Girls Group E (8 & 9yrs) and Amelia Connolley was our sole competitor, after completing her 12 skills Amelia was placed 1st taking the gold medal. The youngest boys event followed, again we only had one competitor, eight year old Kishen Patel who also took the gold medal. 

IMG_0440Having got off to a flying start the Crystal Palace team went from strength to strength andNoah Williams won gold with Francis Papworth taking the silver in a field of 41 divers in the Boys Group D (10 & 11yrs) event. This was followed by the Girls Group C (12 & 13yrs) competition with a staggering 52 competitors and our two girls again held their nerve, with Lexie Howard taking yet another gold medal and Ella Whiting coming in 5th. The last event on the Saturday saw 13 yr old Kyle Kothari competing in the Boys Group C and incredibly winning our 5th gold medal, with Ford Fagan finishing a credible 15th (re-qualifying) which meant at the close of the first days competition Crystal Palace had taken all 5 gold medals.

On Sunday morning we had our 10 and 11 year old girls competing. This had been split into two events this year as there had been over 80 entrants altogether. We had 8 divers competing in the 10 yr old girls and they were the first on, after a nail biting event they amazingly took the first three places with gold for Victoria Vincent, silver for Maria Papworth and bronze for Scarlett Mew-Jensen. Ciara McGing was 12th, Jessica Lewis 13th, Caitlin Chick 15th, Georgia Velasco 20th and Ella Edwards 25th with all these divers putting in excellent performances to regain their National qualifying points. The last event we had competitors in was the 11 yr old girls, we had 7 divers competing in a field of 47, Rhiannon David took the silver medal being beaten by Aimee Fishleigh from Plymouth and Abbey Glynn took the bronze. Not far behind them were Tia Monk in 9th (3.9 points behind bronze), Alison Roffey 14th, Marissa Connor 29th, Evie Malin 39th and Chloe Hembry 41st, again all these divers requalified for next year.

IMG_0485A big well done to all those who dived and represented the club so well, also congratulations to their coaches, Marcin Sedlak, Xiang Yan Kong and Chelsea Skeggs.

Click below for results 

Nat Skills Finals 2011 Results