Diving Success at Swim England South West Regional & Mini Skills
- South West Wales
On Saturday 12th May, 24 divers from Aberdare Comets Diving team travelled to Plymouth to take part in the South West Region Skills and Drake Trophy Mini Skills Competition. This was a valuable competition experience for all and for some, taking their first step into competitive diving, for others a chance to achieve the recommended points to enable them to qualify for this year’s National Skills Final to be held in Manchester in July.
The day began with the Drake Trophy Mini Skills competition designed to be a stepping stone to the National Skills test with the Boys & Girls E (8/9) D (10/11) years categories. In the Girls E (8/9) Bronwen Richards took 2nd place followed onto the podium by team mates Georgia Petitt in 3rd, Erin Huish 7th, Efa Davies 8th, Lexi Waters 9th, and Menna Griffiths 10th. The Girls group D (10/11) years competition saw Caitlin Rogers take 1st place. In the Boys 8/9 years, Noah Hill took 4th place with some very consistent diving.
Next up in the Regional Skills competition was the Boys & Girls D (10/11) years categories, the medals kept on coming, with Ruby Hill taking the 1st place in the Open Girls 10/11 years group, with a fantastic overall score of 302.15. In the same group Alesha Collins-Falconer secured 3rd place with Eva Davies taking 5th and Daisy Vanstone finishing in 8th respectively.
Boys 10/11 years taking part in the open event 2nd place was taken by Jacob Hovvels from Llanelli Lightning closely followed on to the podium by Harry Mannay in 3rd position.
In a display of Girl Power for Aberdare Comets in the Girls Open C (12/13) Abi Rogers took 1st place with a score of 322.2 joined on the podium by team-mates Millie Roberts in 2nd Ffion Lightfoot in 3rd closely followed by Taryn Ward in 4th and Abi Carter in 6th place. In the same group, Poppy Vanstone 9th, Morgann Griffiths took 14th and Lydia Williamson-Price finishing 17th respectively. Joey Jones took 1st place for Aberdare Comets in the Open Boys 12/13 competition with a score of 299.55.
The day’s competition came to a close with the divers aged 14/16 years, with Aberdare Comets securing 1st place in the Girls Open competition. Regan Martin scored a fantastic 280.25 points to take 1st place in the Girls event.
This was largest team Aberdare Comets club have sent to an event, many of these divers will now be preparing to compete at the National Skills Final to be held in Manchester in July, this is a testament to the positive development of Comets Diving Club and the Swim Wales Regional Diving Program where the Aberdare Divers train. Congratulations all.