We are pleased to announce that Eden Cheng has been selected to represent Great Britain in women’s 10m platform at the upcoming Diving Grand Prix in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. She will be accompanied by her coach Lin Chen, whom herself became China’s first world Champion winning the 10m FINA World Championships in 1986. After retiring in the 1990s Lin coached for the Beijing Diving Team, producing many Olympic medallists including 2000 Olympic Champion Li Na.

We are now lucky enough to have her with us at Crystal Palace helping to nurture home-grown talent to form future Olympic Champions.

Eden has excelled at both Age Group and Elite level since starting to compete in 2013, and is currently 5-time National champion. At 14 Eden is one of the youngest divers to be selected to represent Great Britain at a senior Grand Prix and is working towards becoming Great Britain’s first ever Olympic champion in the women’s 10m platform.

At the upcoming grand prix Eden will be competing her recently learnt 10m list of dives including high difficulty dives in all directions. She will be up against some of the highest class senior athletes from around the world. Eden will be able to gain a huge amount of experience by competing in senior world class competition at such a young age, this will give her an edge in future competitions at this level.

Results:

Eden Cheng places 6th in Malaysian grand prix final amongst some of the world’s highest class senior divers. Eden finished with a total of 260.90 points over a total of 5 dives. She qualified for the final in 3rd place overall, achieving 1st place in semi-final A with a total of 295.10 points. Her highest score of the meet was in the preliminary at 297.85 points placing 2nd. The format of senior competition aims for athletes to complete in the prelim in order to qualify for the semi-final and from there qualify for the final. Therefore, an athletes score should increase through the rounds saving their best performance for the final. Competing in high class senior competition at such a young age will allow Eden to build up experience and allow her to compete to her full potential when she reaches senior age.

Eden has also achieved 6th place in the Singapore grand prix in women’s 10m platform final. This pushes her up to rank 30 in the world at women’s 10m platform. In addition, she also achieved a silver medal in the 10m mixed synchro event with ex Crystal Palace diver Kyle Kothari. In addition, Eden also achieved a bronze medal in the 10m synchronised event with team mate Emily Martin with a total of 250.62 points. Well done to Eden.

 

Grace May