Splashing success in Southend for young divers

The second Talent Identification (TID) Games were held on the 19th and 20th November 2011 at the Diving Centre in Southend on Sea.

This year the games were held over two days due to the increase in the number of attending clubs and divers, following the success of the first Diving TID Games in 2010. The event brought together 100 young divers who had been identified through TID testing; this testing is supported through funding provided by England Talent to a number of clubs each year.

The competition is unique as it has both dry land and pool elements. The event provides the young divers with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have acquired in a short period of time while also gaining a taste of a competition in a fun, friendly environment.

This year competition involved nine clubs; City of Sheffield Diving Club, Southampton Diving Academy, Crystal Palace Diving Club, City of Leeds Diving Club, Corby Steel Diving Club, City of Sunderland Diving Club, Harrogate District Diving Club, Aberdare Comets Diving (Wales), and Southend Diving.

The event provided excellent diving from all of the divers in the competition both in the pool and on dry land, and for the second year in a row the Top Overall Club went to City of Sheffield Diving Club.

Nikki Smith, City of Sheffield Diving Club Coach said, “We are over the moon to have retained the Top Boys and Overall Top Team titles. Several members of our team either could not swim or were weak swimmers when they joined the squad, so to win medals at this event was a fantastic achievement.

“The event is a great competition to showcase up and coming talent across the Country and recognises the hard work that the Sheffield Diving Club has done to develop a successful TID programme.”

Tops Girls Club went to Crystal Palace Diving, and the Tops Boys Club went to City of Sheffield Diving Club.

Damian Ball, Head Coach of the England Talent Diving Programme said, “Once again the ASA's TID Games created a very encouraging, supportive and fun environment allowing young divers from all over England to show off their skills and talents. 

“The depth of talented divers across England is on the rise and it's really inspiring when they all come together in one event. It's not only talented divers that are emerging at the moment, there seems to be a new generation of very dedicated and talented coaches willing to challenge themselves and work hard at raising the standards of diving throughout England. A thoroughly enjoyable event and I look forward to a bigger and better TID Games in 2012”.

Tens of thousands of children are tested each year through funding provided by the England Talent Programme, which enables a massive search to take place throughout English Primary Schools to look for potential diving champions.

Nick Sellwood, Head of Talent Development for the ASA said, “Over the past few years the ASA has funded the club programmes for their Talent ID outreach work into the schools and their communities. The Talent ID Games is the first competitive outlet for newly identified talented divers to showcase the skills they have acquired within the club programmes. It is a very important part of the ASA Talent programme.”

Rebecca Burrows, the ASA Talent Development Officer for Diving said “I’m truly delighted with the hard work the clubs and divers have done to prepare them for the event this year. The event was a great success; we saw some great budding talent for the future. I would like to thank all the divers, parents, coaches and officials that made this event such a great success”


TID Games 2011 Results


Top Overall

1st City of Sheffield Diving Club

2nd Crystal Palace Diving Club

3rd Southampton Diving Academy


Top Girls Club– Crystal Palace Diving Club


Top Boys Club– City of Sheffield Diving Club


Boys Overall 9 and Under

 1st Raffael Benitez – City of Sheffield Diving Club

2nd Corey Goodinson – City of Sheffield Diving Club

3rd Tyler Humphries – Southend Diving


Boys Overall 10 and Over

1st Noah Williams – Crystal Palace Diving Club

2nd Elliot Moorhouse – Southampton Diving Academy

3rd Jeremy Hamshaw- Thomas – City of Sheffield Diving Club


Girls Overall 9 and Under

1s Amelia Connolly – Crystal Palace Diving Club

2nd Richelle Houlden – City of Sheffield Diving Club

3rd Anais Daly – Gourdialsing – Crystal Palace Diving Club


Girls Overall 10 and Over

1st Maria Papworth – Crystal Palace Diving Club

2nd Lucy Fowler – City of Sheffield Diving Club

3rd Abbey Glynn – Crystal Palace Diving Club

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