Fifteen divers from the Kitchener Waterloo Diving Club can finally rest for the summer after competing in the Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga in August. Normally the season would be over in July after national finals, but this year they trained through July, up to 15 hours a week, to prepare for the summer games that featured over 3,500 athletes, coaches and officials in multiple sports. It was a fantastic experience for these young athletes and, according to Coach Rob Wells, competing in a multisport event at this early point in their career really helps the team come together as one.
The Kitchener Waterloo team brought home 13 medals in total but, more importantly, everyone put in strong personal efforts over the three days of diving.
Will Roberts, 14, earned a gold medal on the men’s B 3-metre event and silver on both the 1-metre board and platform. KW diver Owen Weiss earned gold on platform, silver on the 3-metre and bronze on the 1-metre in the same events. In the D age group (11 and under), KW diver Emmitt Reesor earned silver medals on the 3-metre and platform, while Kole Marles earned silver on the 1-metre and Dominic Arnold earned bronze on the 3-metre.
In the women’s events, Natasha Fishman earned bronze in the women’s B 3-metre event and Abi Dixon, 12, earned bronze medals on the 3-metre board and platform in the women’s C (age 12-13) age group.
The club’s divers continued to practice in August but full training for next season really gets underway in September. With the success of the Canadian Olympic Team in Rio de Janiero, the diving club is expecting a surge in registrations for fall diving lessons. Information for aspiring divers is on the club’s website, www.kwdivingclub.org
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