The weekend of 9 December was a busy weekend of competitions for COBE divers and parents alike. Our younger divers headed to Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield with our excellent coaches Sophie Mawson and Ben Patrick, to participate in the festive Santa Skills competition. In front of a large audience Olivia and Matilda were first up on the boards in the Girls Group E event and both put in great performances finishing 9th and 10th.

The second competition of the day was the Boys Group D with Ned competing in a large field and performing very consistently showing the crowd some fabulous dives.

Ellie and Ella were next up in the Girl’s-mini E competition with solid dives throughout the competition. Ella finished in 15th and Ellie put in an outstanding performance to finish 6th and reach the final where she went on to perform a great set of dives – well done!!

In the afternoon Georgina and Hannah participated in the Girls Group C. Both girls pulled out some amazing dives finishing in 12th and 8th respectively.

Then we had Kate, Hannah, Phoebe, Bella and Grace participating in a large competition of over fifty divers which was tightly contested with only 10 points separating fourth position from twenty-fifth. All the girls demonstrated excellent discipline and good levels of concentration!

Following strong dives in the preliminary round Owen and Ben reached the Boys Group B+ final where Ben eventually finished an impressive 5th and Owen took Gold with a stunning 403c dive worthy of 51.7 points.

Then it was onto the Boys Group C final where Aidan (6th) and Rocco (5th) both put in great performances, in one of their first competitions.

Overall it was a very successful day for the entire squad. Well done to everyone that competed – you all did incredibly well and should be very proud of yourself.

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