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World’s best divers return to Sheffield for World Series

26 Jan 2010

Britain will welcome the elite of international diving at the FINA Diving World Series for the fourth year running as Sheffield prepares to host the final leg of the prestigious series.

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, which is home to some of the country’s best divers, will host the world’s top eight diver in each event from 23rd – 24th April just two months out from the FINA World Cup.

UK Sport has worked as a partner with British Swimming for the last three events and this year UK Sport are providing funding support of £110,000 from its National Lottery backed World Class Events Programme to support the international diving event.

Through the past six years UK Sport has invested over £7m into British Diving’s World Class Performance Programme which has enabled athletes more access to sport science staff and helped them push forward on a world stage.

Lucy Crickmore, UK Sport’s Events Consultant, said: “UK Sport is delighted to be supporting the FINA Diving World Series for the fourth successive year in Sheffield. This competition is for the world's top divers and offers a fantastic opportunity for our elite divers to test themselves in front of their home crowd, in preparation for the Games in London in 2012.”

The funding alongside support from Sheffield and the Yorkshire region and its partners will help towards continuing the legacy programme for the sport and help make this year’s event the most successful yet.
Cllr Sylvia Dunkley, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism from Sheffield City Council said “Sheffield is proud to host the prestigious FINA Diving World series for the fourth year running. Previous events have given a serious boost to the local economy by attracting significant numbers of visitors to the city during the competition weekend.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the international diving community to Sheffield and showcasing to them the excellent facilities on offer and we hope that they will consider returning to the city in the lead up to London 2012 for training camps.

“I hope that having the opportunity to see such amazing athletes competing on their doorstep, will inspire young people in Sheffield to have a go and take up diving themselves.
“We have lots of programmes in place to encourage swimming and diving in the city and along with the British Diving squad being based here, we are confident that Sheffield will produce some medal winners at London 2012.”

At the 2009 FINA Diving World Series the British team saw Tom Daley secure silver in the 10m Platform finishing just behind Olympic 10m Synchro Champion Liang Huo. He went on to become the country’s youngest World Champion when he won gold in Rome in the summer.

“Last year’s FINA Diving World Series was so great and I really enjoy competing in the series each year,” Daley said. “It is so good to compete in front of a home crowd and I really hope that everyone that comes to watch this year will enjoy the competition.

“I like competing in Sheffield and I can’t wait to take part in the FINA Diving World Series.”

The British team enjoyed further success at the Sheffield leg last year when Ben Swain and Nick Robinson-Baker won bronze on their way to winning the overall Series title in the 3m Synchro. Helen and Carol Galashan finished in fourth place in the women’s 10m Platform as they showcased the synchro Armstand dive.

British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes said: “The FINA Diving World Series is, for British Swimming, a major event when our elite divers place themselves head-to-head against the very best in the world and this event is critical in our preparation for the all important Olympics in 2012.”

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