The 2012 -13 diving season kicked off for Welsh Clubs
with their best medal haul to date at the Bob Morgan Trophy in
Bangor this weekend. The event, hosted by Bangor Billidowcars
diving Club is now in its second year and attracts divers from
clubs across Britain. 72 divers from Bradford, Bury, Aberdare,
Bangor and Tom Daleys home club Plymouth, competed in ten events
split into age group categories. In each event the top three
individual positions where awarded medals and every participant
could earn team points up towards the overall winners trophy.
This year saw the first Group F (5-7yrs) level divers competing
for Welsh clubs. Ellis Williams, Coel Jones and Keira Philpot
(ACDC) and Maddy O'Sulivan (BBDC) put on a good performance against
the well established Plymouth and Bradford club divers finishing
7th, 5th, 4th and 5th
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In the group E category (8-9yrs), one of the toughest events of
the day, Seren Watkins (ACDC) finished 6th with 142.70
points and Anya Arkless (BBDC) finished 5th with
145.60 points. Ewan Purnell (ACDC) in the boys category finished
6th with a very respectable 155.15 points.
Group D (10-11yrs) the largest group of the day saw Emily Thomas
(ACDC) come 13th with 150.15 points and Kaitlin Hughes
(BBDC) come 7th with 161.00 points, Manon Hudgell (BBDC)
place 6th with 161.20 points, both personal bests and
Ffion Watkins (ACDC) place 4th with 165.40 points. In
the boys group, Kes Thomas (BBDC) placed 10th with
129.30 points, Thomas Lindley (BBDC) in his first ever competition
placed 8th with 135.70 points and Shaun Baker (ACDC)
secured the Silver medal spot with 160.40 points missing the top
spot by only 3.05 points.
In the group C (12-13yrs) events Leah Silverton (BBDC) secured
5th with 158.10 points, Sophie Pipe (BBDC) placed
4th in her first ever competition with 158.70 points and
Caitlin Thomas (ACDC) placed 2nd to secure silver
scoring 172.50 points (PB) missing out on the top spot by 1.05
points. In the boys event Callum Lewis (ACDC) placed 8th
diving consistently to secure 137.40 points.
Ollie Arkless (BBDC) dived well to win place taking Silver medal
position with 174.00 points. Kojo Terrile (ACDC) scored 182.65 (PB)
points to take Wales' first gold of the meet.
Group B divers Stuart Warburton competing in his first
competition placed 5th with 263.10 points, Daniel
Hourihan (ACDC) scored 378.55 (PB) taking silver medal position.
Megan Davies, although the only female in her category, competed
alongside the boys group and scored a personal best of 382.90.
Megan's score ranked her in silver medal position against the boy's
Total Welsh Medal Count
Aberdare Comets Diving Club - 2 x Gold, 3 x silver
Bangor Billidowcars Diving Club - 1 x Silver
Overall Team points
- Plymouth Diving Club - 219.00 points - Winners of the Bob
- Bradford Esprit Diving Club - 148.00 points
- Aberdare Comets Diving Club - 120.00 points
- Bangor Billidowcars Diving Club - 66 points
- Bury Dragons Diving Club - 64.00 points
This years events running success was down to the fantastic
organisation and planning of Nick Pipe and Isabelle Hudgell and
Members of the Bangor Billidowcars diving clubs volunteer
organisation. Swim Wales would like to thank the club for all
their excellent work in arranging the training camp, Interclub
social and Competition.
For complete events results and rankings, please check out
www.diverecorder.co.uk . For all Welsh divers previous events
scores and rankings please see Swim Wales results pages or Email
Ben Fox, Swim Wales diving development Consultant on email@example.com