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Divers set to start 2010 season in style

Britain’s top divers are ready to begin their 2010 season with the British Gas National Cup 2010 where they will aim to put in strong performances to earn places on the national squads for the coming year.

The three-day event, which takes place from the 5th to 7th February at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, will give divers the opportunity to showcase their skills and earn their place on the team for the FINA World Cup.
The competition will see the likes of World Champion Tom Daley and Olympians Ben Swain and Tonia Couch taking to the boards for the first time since competing at the World Championships last year.
British divers will be using the British Gas National Cup 2010 as an opportunity to prepare for the international season which will see them compete at the FINA World Cup, the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships
World Champion Tom Daley has added one of the world’s hardest dives to his list for the new season, the Back 2 ½ Somersaults 2 ½ Twists, and will perform the dive for the first time in Sheffield.
“I am really looking forward to competing in Sheffield again,” Daley said. “Last year was so great for me and I am excited to get 2010 started.
“I am going to be using my new dive in the competition and I am excited to use it for the first time in competition and see how it goes. It is one of the hardest dives out there and we have been working on it since I came back from the World Championships in August.
“For me this competition is going to give me a good confidence boost. If I perform well it will give me a good platform to build on for the rest of the competitions this year.
“The main events that I am looking at for 2010 are the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games. Hopefully, if I compete well at the British Gas National Cup then I’ll be in a position to realise my season’s goals.”
National Performance Director Alexei Evangulov is excited at the prospect of seeing strong performances from the elite of British Diving.
“The British Gas National Cup is one of our key events for the beginning of 2010,” Evangulov said. “Our competition year is split into three periods and this competition will let me see how the athletes have progressed. This period has run from September through to February and the British Gas National Cup will be the final event in that period.
“The divers have personal plans for the year and I will be interested to see whether they have developed as we have discussed. I want to see the athletes perform the best that they can and I hope they will impress me.
“This year provides a challenge for our athletes since normally trials are close to the beginning of a competition but we have a long gap between our trial and the World Cup so it will be interesting to see how they continue their fitness.
“For Tom [Daley] this year is about perfecting his new list of dives. At the World Championships he won gold with well executed lower tariff dives and this shocked the world of diving but now we need him to progress and perform his list well at the World Cup. The British Gas National Cup will provide Tom with the chance to test his new list before international competition.”
The British Gas National Cup 2010 takes place between Friday 5th and Sunday 7th February at Ponds Forge in Sheffield with tickets costing £2.00 per day or £5.00 for a season ticket.
For further details contact British Swimming Media Officer Gemma Field on 01509 632238, 07917 726431 or email gemma.field@swimming.org

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