Daley and Waterfield to resume rivalry at National Cup
7 January 2011
World and Commonwealth champion Tom Daley will go head-to-head with Peter Waterfield later this month at British Diving’s annual curtain-raiser, the British Gas National Cup.
Taking place between 28 – 30 January, the event will showcase the new facility in Southend-on-Sea as the top British divers aim to claim the first honours of 2011.
Former Olympic silver medallist Waterfield edged out Daley to claim the 10m Platform crown 12 months ago and will be looking to kick-start his season after opting to miss the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last October.
The event will also see Waterfield and Daley team up for the first time at national level to compete as a pair in the 10m Synchro.
Southampton Diving Academy’s Max Brick, who won 10m Synchro gold with Daley in Delhi, will also be targeting a podium place in the 10m Platform after bronze medals at the National Cup and British Championship last term.
City of Sheffield’s Nick Robinson-Baker will be the one to beat in the men’s springboard events, having swept the board with gold in the 1m, 3m and 3m Synchro at last year’s British Championships.
But he looks set to face stiff opposition in Southend, not least from 14-year old Jack Laugher who clinched double world junior crowns last season in the 1m and 3m Springboard.
City of Leeds’ Rebecca Gallantree leads the entries for the women’s events, having scooped gold in the 3m Springboard, 3m Synchro and 10m Synchro at the National Cup 12 months ago.
City of Sheffield’s European 10m Synchro bronze medallists Monique Gladding and Megan Sylvester will make their National Cup debuts in Southend while Plymouth Diving’s Tonia Couch and Brooke Graddon are also likely to challenge in the platform events.
Finally, 14-year olds Alicia Blagg – who won the 1m Springboard title last year – and Grace Reid will aim to continue their rapid progression in the Springboard events after encouraging debuts at the Commonwealth Games.
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