British Gas National Cup, Southend-on-Sea – January 2012

Press Release from Bradford Esprit Diving Club

British Gas National Cup, Southend-on-Sea – January 2012

 Bradford Esprit Diving Club was recently in action at the British Gas sponsored National Cup. Divers Michael Jones and Sam Thornton together with their Coach Becky Lee travelled down to a very cold and frosty Southend-on-Sea for the 3-day competition. All of the UK’€™s top divers were present although superstars Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield had to pull out of their competitions due to injury. Coach Becky said: –

“Two of our Elite Divers recently took part in the first major Senior Competition of the year, in the run up to the Olympics. The event was held in Southends brand new pool which includes one of the best dryland diving facilities in the country. “

Michael and Sam competed in all three individual events, 1 Meter and 3 Meter Springboard and Platform. Sam also teamed up with Daniel Goodfellow (Cambridge) for the 3 Meter Synchro event.

Becky said: – “The boys were against some tough competition with the best of British divers competing in the hope of being selected for the 2012 Olympics later this year in London.”

Michael and Sam managed to hold their own against the older, more experienced divers and performed some amazing dives. The highlight for the club was the Junior Gold medal won by Sam and Daniel for their astonishing performance in the Synchro event. The full results were: –


1M 5th Junior

3M 4th Junior

Platform 9th Junior


1M 4th Junior

3M 6th Junior

Platform 3rd Junior/5th Senior

3M Synchro 1st Junior/2nd Senior


For further details, please contact Becky Lee, Assistant Diving Coach at Bradford Aquatics, on 01274 438787. Alternatively, please contact Denis Jones on 01274 617547, email or visit



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