Medal rush for Harrogate dive aces in Sheffield

Harrogate divers  Rosie Wilson Burrell and Isla Coyle
Harrogate divers Rosie Wilson Burrell and Isla Coyle

Two young divers maintained the region’s recent history of silverware by claiming medals at the ASA National Age Group Diving Championships last month.

Five divers aged 11-14 from Harrogate District Diving Club descended on Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield to battle it out with competitors from 25 other diving clubs.

Harrogate’s divers were on top form and won two medals in the girls Group B competition and narrowly missing out on a third.

Rosie Wilson Burrell took bronze for Harrogate with a massive new PB of 248.95, 0.2 points behind silver medallist Millie Fairhurst-Marshall from City of Sheffield Diving Club.

Harrogate’s Isla Coyle placed 12th out of 38 also with a new best.

Roles were reversed in Girls Group B 3m Springboard when Isla clinched a silver medal with a score of 266.20, just behind Crystal Palace’s gold medallist Annabel Triggs on 271.75. Rosie placed 13th out of a field of 38 with a new PB.

The girls, both Year 9 pupils at Harrogate Grammar School, then put in a fantastic performance in the Girls 14-18 3m Synchro Diving competition, competing for the first time in this event at National Age Groups.

The girls placed fourth only 0.24 points behind Bradford’s third-placed pairing Domi Hinchcliffe and Gina Webb from Bradford Esprit.

Harrogate’s younger divers also put in a great performance in the Group C (12-13) 1m.

Lara Bradley came 8th with a new PB of 183.25, Catherine Garnett was 13th and Isabella Bonson 16th against a strong field of 33 divers both gaining new PB’s. In the 3m competition Catherine was 12th and Isabella 21st both with new PB’s and Lara 29th.

Coach Rosie Whiting said: “I am delighted with the performances of all the divers who took part and look forward to continued competitive success.”