Irish Open Diving Championships November 3rd – 4th 2012
Congratulations to the Bangor divers who attended the 2 day Irish Open Diving Championships at the Dublin Aquatic Centre.
It was a very successful weekend for Bangor divers Ollie, Leah, Kaitlyn, Manon and Anya. All divers performed extrememly well in a competition with tough criteria. Manon won her first gold medal in girl’s group D followed closely by Kaitlyn who achieved silver medal position. Brother and sister team Ollie and Anya both achieved silver medal position in their respective groups. Leah dived strongly and narrowly missed out on medal position by 0.8 points in one of the toughest groups of the championship.
Congratulations also to the Aberdare team and their 9 gold medal haul at the championships!!
Thanks to Ben Fox for coaching the divers on the day and helping to prepare them for the competition. Big thanks also to coaches Richie, Jacob, Kate and Osian for all their input which has contributed to the growing success of the divers and the club.
Due to high demand for additional diving classes, Bangor Pool are running two new classes on Sundays:
4:00pm – 4:30pm.
4:30pm – 5:00pm.
Please enquire at the pool for more information.
Diving related information from the Swim Wales 2012 Annual Report:
It was been a successful first year for Swim Wales Diving Development in 2010. With the helping hand of Kelloggs funding we were able to progress even further this year with grass roots activities producing a sound platform for the sport to progress. In order to maintain the positive momentum, the focus for 2011-12 was to create a competitive presence nationally. Event participation and performance were fundamental in raising awareness of the sport and increasing involvement, as well as credibility, within its regional centres.
For British Diving 2011-12 has proven to be the most successful year in its recent history. National Long term talent development strategies have come to fruition, seeing returns on investment in the National Schools Talent Identification (TID) scheme started in 2004. The scheme running in England offers clubs funding to proactively seek out athletes with podium potential. 2 of the 12 strong Team GB divers in London (And some of the youngest members of the entire team) came from the first intake of the project, highlighting the need to acquire funding for a national level TID scheme in Wales.
Athletes from the RCT TID in schools project, which ran in early 2011, now make up fifty per cent of RCT based Aberdare Comets Diving Club’s top performing divers. Five of the twenty divers representing Wales at this year’s Celtic Novice Tri-nations event also came from this TID test scheme. Due to lack of funding, the proposed 2012 Welsh National TID initiative did not run, however, RCT have designated funding for another regional level TID project to run in late 2012.
Establishing a Welsh event and training camp circuit has been essential to increase Swim Wales’ involvement in the sport and increase its active diving membership base. It can take 12 – 18 months for a diver to reach the standard of eligibility for National novice level diving competitions in Britain, therefore, within our first 2 years, divers with Swim Wales membership were limited to the few divers with the skill level to compete. Establishing internal competitive events offered the opportunity to set entry standards at a level suited to a broader participant base, thus making competitive diving in Wales more accessible.
Bangor Olympic Torch Diving Festival was the first event of our entry level competitions. More than sixty divers and volunteers from all three diving centres attended the weekend event comprising of trampolining, street dance, ballet conditioning and diving training workshops delivered by specialist coaches. Forty divers took part in the new entry level competition format that weekend. Three events a year at this new level have been added to the Welsh annual events calendar. The 2011 – 12 Season saw two Novice level events being established in Wales and run as part of the national diving calendar. The Bob Morgan trophy is an Invitational Novice event open to Clubs from across Britain. Held in Bangor, the event is now in its second year and continues to grow, attracting the UK’s top diving clubs.
The Celtic Novice cup was designed and introduced to give a focus event for Novice level diving and energise competitive participation across Wales. The event is a Celtic Tri-Nations competition attracting the top Novice divers from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The event will be hosted within each Nation in turn annually offering opportunities for Novice level divers to experience international style competition.
Each regional club’s competitive level divers are tracked and monitored across the year. The top 3 divers from each age group are selected to dive as part of the All Wales Diving Club at this event. Welsh diving clubs were represented at all six major national novice competition events across the 2011-12 season, participated in the TID Games, have achieved podium success at national level competitions and competed for the first time as a national team in over a decade.
To enhance the Coaches understanding of the desired outcomes, it has been a priority to offer them the opportunity to increase their experience in the competition environment. A mentoring scheme has been launched, offering Welsh coaches the chance to work alongside established national coaches at events. Local Councils have provided targeted funding to enable more coaches to be involved in this development process.
In October 2011, Aberdare hosted the first National Diving seminar, with guest speaker GB coach Damian Ball. The seminar gave coaches an opportunity to voice ideas and opinions on diving’s progression in Wales as well as take part in technical workshops.
Continued investment in facilities and equipment by regional centre shows their continued commitment to supporting diving’s progress. Funding for new boards has been earmarked for the Bangor facility and investment in dry diving boards at Aberdare secured the resources to deliver level 2 diving courses in Wales.
2012 Olympics and beyond
The Olympics have truly been special, igniting a spark in Britain’s sporting psyche. Bangor alone had more than 300 divers attend their weekly taster sessions peaking the week Tom Daley took to the 10m platform. Keeping the interest and momentum gained from the pageantry of the Olympic summer will only last past the short term if the dreams of young athletes can be kept kindled, by providing a clear vision of opportunities to train, progress, compete and achieve. Essential projects such as a national TID scheme require serious consideration if Welsh diving is to catch up and keep up with the rest of the world. Junior elite level diving may be 6 -8 years away in Wales but setting the starting blocks straight initially means Welsh diving is ready for the bang of the gun and could easily be set for a Usain Bolt like sprint upwards and onwards.
Diving Development Manager
To raise funds for the club, photos of the 2nd Bangor Novices Training Camp are now available to buy.
Download this pdf file to view images of the diving session at the training camp. You can obtain a copy of the password from your diving club.
If you wish to order digital copies of the images, please complete this order form & make a payment via PayPal; £2.00 per digital image.
Non-watermarked images will be emailed to you within a day or so.
Images are high resolution, suitable for printing. Each file will be approx. 5MB. Make sure you have enough space in your mailbox if ordering more than one image.
If you want printed copies of your photos, you can obtain high quality prints from e.g. Tesco Photo.
All income will go to Bangor Bilidowcars Diving Club.
Congratulations to Plymouth Diving Club for winning the Bob Morgan Trophy at the 2nd Bangor Novices Diving Competition!
A total of 72 divers competed from 5 clubs (Bangor, Aberdare, Bradford, Bury & Plymouth).
A hugely successful weekend with a team of 9 Bangor Bilidowcars divers competing. All the Bangor team performed fantastically, improving their scores & rankings on the last competition. Well done Team!
Well done Ollie, 2nd place in group C Boys. Bangor Bilidowcars achieved 4th place!
Special thanks to Jackie Laugher & Collette Calvert for overseeing the event scoring.
Thanks again to committee/parents/helpers; Isabelle, Kath, Sam, Sarah, Jenny, Louis, Ann, Sian & Liz for technical & poolside help. To the coaches, Richard, Jacob, Kate & Osian for preparing divers, judging & supporting on the day. To Jane and the team from Aberdare, Pool Manager Mark Williams & pool staff for supporting the event.
And not forgetting Louise, Maddy, Anya, Leah & Sophie for helping with the medals & refreshments!