The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh is the venue for the 2016 Scottish National Diving Championships. The final day of action includes springboard action and a real treat for fans with Olympian Grace Reid due to compete in the women’s 3m event.
British diving is on a high following the Rio Olympics where Team GB’s Jack Laugher led the way with a diving double taking synchronised gold and individual silver in the 3m springboard events. Laugher was joined in the medals by Chris Mears, Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow. And history was made in the women’s competition when Edinburgh’s Grace Reid produced the best British female diving performance in the 3m individual springboard for 56 years finishing eighth in the Olympic final. This after Reid had won bronze medal at the European Championships in London in May.
The Scottish National & Open Diving Championships and Thistle Trophy are the highlight of the competitive diving calendar in Scotland, and with open competition featuring divers from across Britain it’s a great opportunity to watch the next crop of stars coming through in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The event is unique in that a novice Championships (Thistle Trophy) runs alongside a National Championships with the Thistle Trophy being awarded to the team that accumulates the most points over the meet.
So come along and watch Scotland’s best diving talent compete for national honours! And don’t forget you can support the event on social media under the hashtag #ScottishDiving16
Ones to watch: An occasion to relish for Scottish fans, the aforementioned Grace Reid (main picture) competes on home soil for the first time since her historic performance at the Rio Olympics. Reid takes part in the women’s 3m springboard event. Also in action is Edinburgh’s James Heatly in the men’s platform. Heatly (pictured left) was a member of the British team who competed at the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in London earlier this year and won a gold medal in the 3m springboard at the 2015 European Games in Baku.
Diving times: It’s a 9am start with the preliminary rounds of Women/Girls 3m Springboard and Men/Boys Platform that will run simultaneously ahead of the finals which take place from 12.10pm till approximately 4.30pm.
Finals this afternoon: Women/Girls 1m + Men/Boys 3m springboard.
Tickets can be purchased at the venue on arrival for a donation to Scottish Diving