Young British divers make a splash at European Games.
June 29, 2015 In a dazzling display of diving at the Baku Aquatics Centre, Britain’s juniors took away four golds, one silver and one bronze from eight events, suggesting that more champions in the sport are coming up fast.
18 year old James Heatly set the pace for his team mates by claiming medals of all three colors, including one silver alongside 17-year-old Ross Haslam in the synchronised event, across the men’s springboard diving disciplines.
The 18 year old expressed his joy at the feat:
“Feels amazing to get three medals, especially I didn’t think that I was going get three, so I have overdone my expectations, and I think everyone else’s, I got a bronze the first day and a silver so to finish it off with a gold, it was just incredible,”
In the men’s and women’s platform events, Matthew Lee and Lois Toulson added gold medals with Katherine Torrance emerging victorious in the 3 meter springboard competition in the Azeri capital.
Lee aims to be at the Olympics soon enough:
“This is my first ever multi-sports games and a village atmosphere and it has been awesome. It is the best experience of my life, I hope to go to the Rio 2016 Olympic games, I don’t think it is farfetched, I just have to keep working hard and training hard and just keep being positive,”
Gold medal winner Torrance shared her pride in her country’s swimmers:
“I think British diving is in a really good place at the moment, because obviously with the team that we have got we have quite a few medals between us, and obviously we have the senior team that are doing quite well at the moment, so yeah, I think we are in a good place,”