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Talent Games are bigger and better than ever before

Young divers from across the country are aiming to prove they deserve to be on Swim England’s Diving Pathway as they compete in the Talent Games in Leeds.

A total of 73 divers from 14 clubs are being tested at the John Charles Sports Centre, making it the best-attended Talent Games so far. The best youngsters will be invited to join the Swim England Diving Team Z.

The two-day event is the biggest testing event of the year and aims to hone in on the most accomplished diving talent in the country though a series of physical and technical tests.

Every year, Swim England Diving runs the Little Rippers programme which collaborates with diving clubs to undertake an extensive search throughout English Primary Schools for potential diving champions, and those chosen are invited to compete at the Talent Games.

The Talent Games is open to divers aged 11 and under from both Little Rippers Talent ID programmes and traditional pathways into the sport, such as club Learn to Dive, development lessons and the START programme.

Selecting Diving Team Z

Divers selected for Diving Team Z join the first level of Swim England’s pathway and, in the coming two years, will be supported through a series of training camps around the country, the first of which will take place from 11 to 13 January in Leeds.

The programme aims to prepare young divers for the the Junior Elite Championships at the end of the two years.