Leeds all set for this weekend’s National Skills Finals

The Swim England Diving National Skills Finals 2022 take place this weekend with some of the country’s top up and coming divers taking part.

The event is hosted by the Swim England North East Region with the competition taking place at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds.

National Skills Finals was created for divers who have achieved the qualification standard at a regional qualifying event but haven’t yet reached the level to compete at the National Age Group Championships.

The competition has an esteemed history with Commonwealth gold medallists Jack Laugher and Alicia Blagg just two of the high profile divers to have started their competitive diving careers in this competition.

Plymouth’s Life Centre last hosted the event back in 2019 with both the 2020 and 2021 editions cancelled due to the pandemic.

It features events for divers between the ages of eight to sixteen years old.

Each diver will select from a list of skills dependent on their age and will complete a circuit of up to twelve dives throughout the competition.

For divers aged 8-9 years, 10-11 years and 12-13 years the event features poolside, 1m and 3m skills competed in a 12-dive circuit.

Divers 14-16 years old will take part in skills on the 1m and 3m, competed in a 10-dive circuit.

‘An invaluable experience’

It’s the first time the event has been hosted in Leeds since 2009 and North East Regions Diving manager Helen Dutton is excited to be hosting the event.

She said: “It’s great to have the National Skills Final back on the calendar and we’re all really looking forward to it.

“The North East Region are honoured to be hosting the competition and with this being the first running of the event in three years it makes it even more special.

“This event was missed massively during the pandemic so we’re really excited to welcome all those taking part to Leeds this weekend and wish them all the best.”

Dutton thinks the event gives the divers a great opportunity to compete in a national event.

“The National Skills Final are a huge step for all of the athletes, playing a key part in their development for future competitions.

“For many this will be the biggest event they have taken part in, giving them the opportunity to take on divers from all across the country which will be an invaluable experience.”

You can keep up with all the results from this weekends competition here.