City of Sheffield’s Ross Haslam produced the performances of his life in the British Diving Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh to take three gold medals.
His peak achievement was winning the 3 metre springboard competition with a personal best score of 438 points, smashing his previous PB by over 20 points.
In the final round Ross produced his highest scoring dive, a forward 2½ somersault with 2 twists that collected 81 points. Brother Jack Haslam came 5th with Freddie Woodward 8th.
Ross then teamed up with brother Jack to take the 3 metre synchro title by 12 points from silver medalists, clubmate Freddie Woodward and James Heatly (Edinburgh).
The Haslam brothers are brilliant twist dive specialists and produced a superb reverse 1½ somersault with 3½ twists dive to close out the competition.
Ross’s final gold medal came in the mixed 3 metre synchro event with partner and clubmate Millie Fowler, defeating Kayleigh Sinclair and Aidan Heslop from Plymouth.
Inspired by this result and an excellent series of domestic and international results in 2017, Millie then dived superbly to win a silver medal in the individual 3 metre springboard competition.
Team mates Millie Haffety and Fern Hitchin came 4th and 5th respectively in this event. Millie’s reverse 2½ somersault achieved an excellent 67 points while Alexei Evangulov, Performance Director for British Diving, audibly expressed approval for Fern’s back 2½ somersault, which earned 60 points.
Yasmin Harper brought another gold medal back to Sheffield, teaming up with Scarlett Mew Jensen from Dive London to win the 3 metre sychro event. Millie Haffety and Millie Fowler took the silver. Tia McGarry came 7th in the 10 metre platform final achieving a personal best at the end of a very successful season. Owen Harrison came 6th in the mens platform final with Elliot Beeden in 8th place.
Coach Tom Owens saidit was the best result for Sheffield in the national championships for many years and confirms the club’s status as one of top diving talent centres in the country.”