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Swim England Talent divers gaining experience at British National Diving Cup

Thirteen youngsters on the Swim England Talent Programme will be gaining ‘invaluable experience’ as they compete against some of the country’s best divers at the British National Diving Cup 2019.

The youngsters will share the stage with the likes of Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion Jack Laugher as they take part in the prestigious three-day competition at the Plymouth Life Centre from 1-3 February.

For some of the athletes, the British National Diving Cup will be the biggest event they have competed in so far – and it gives all of them a chance to show what they can do.

Suzie Collins, Swim England Talent Development Officer for diving, said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity for our Team Y divers to compete against the best senior athletes in the country.

Swim England Talent divers competing at the British National Diving Cup

  • Leon Baker (Southampton Diving Academy)
  • Desharne Bent-Ashmeil  (Crystal Palace Diving Club)
  • Tilly Brown (Southampton Diving Academy)
  • Nathan Bull (Southampton Diving Academy)
  • Callie Eaglestone (City of Leeds Diving Club)
  • Milo French (Southampton Diving Academy)
  • Harrison Hartley (City of Sheffield Diving Club)
  • Richelle Houlden (Crystal Palace Diving Club)
  • Jack Jefford (Crystal Palace Diving Club)
  • Chloe Johnson (City of Leeds Diving Club)
  • Joseph Pashley (City of Sheffield Diving Club)
  • Evie Smith (Crystal Palace Diving Club)
  • Andrea Spendolini Siriex (Crystal Palace Diving Club)

“It gives them an opportunity to showcase what they have been working on over the winter at a senior event and will provide invaluable experience for them going into the summer.

“International teams from Denmark, Singapore and Spain are all in attendance which only adds to the excitement of this event.”

Some of the other stars competing in the British National Diving Cup include Tom Daley on his return to competitive action following a year away from the sport.

It will be the the first chance to see his new partnership with Matty Lee in the men’s 10m Platform Synchro event.

Laugher also has a new partner in the Men’s 3m Synchro, Dan Goodfellow.

Commonwealth and European champion Grace Reid will also be in action in Plymouth along with Kat Torrance, Louis Toulson and Eden Cheng.

All the action from Plymouth will be broadcast live on British Swimming’s new web broadcast Deep End Live.