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FINA 2009 World Championships Swimming - Day 3 Morning Session

David Davies took five seconds off the 800m Freestyle British record as the British Gas swimming team secured one final and three semi-final places after strong performances through the heat session. Davies took to heat four alongside Italian Federico Colbertaldo and Robert Hurley (Australia) and was looking to post a quick time to reach the final next day.

The Olympic silver medallist dominated the first half of his race but as the race entered the final 400m Colbertaldo began to close in on the British Gas swimmer. Davies showed his strength in the final 100m as he touched in a time of 7:45.89 to knock five seconds off his own British record time and qualified in fourth place for the final.

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Video of Plymouth Diving's Tom Daley at Senior Nationals Jan 2008

Daley's medal prospects in Beijing

"...if Tom dives as well as he can and the others don't, then yes, he could make it. Of course, Tom could mess up in the preliminary rounds and not even reach the semi. But I'm a big believer that if my auntie had balls she'd be my uncle. There's no point in thinking 'if this happens' or 'if that happens'. We just have to plan as scrupulously as we can."
[coach Andy Banks quoted from article in The Independent]

Evangulov to shape future of British Diving

Tasked with helping British Diving make a splash on the world scene, Alexei Evangulov took over at the head of British Diving on 1 March 2009. Replacing the former National Performance Director (NPD) Steve Foley, who resigned after the Beijing Olympics, Evangulov is relishing the prospect of working with a number of talented divers coming through the British ranks.

“I knew Britain had a number of good divers but now I am seeing more talent coming through. We are able to select not just elite divers but some very good and very professional young divers. I have been carefully watching British diving over the last few years and it has grown and developed into a strong nation on the world stage,” he said.

The Galashan diving twins

Most students enjoy getting into the flow of regular university life, studying, partying and socialising with friends, but not Helen and Carol Galashan, identical twins from Warrington. Instead the sisters have chosen to dive right into their own preferred lifestyle. As well as studying for their second year of BSc (Hons) Sports & Exercise Science at Leeds Met, the duo spend much of their time training to hone their synchronised diving skills.

Making a splash

Being twins, Helen and Carol are naturally close, but from a young age the sisters instinctively knew that they wanted to do everything together. At six they had decided to work as a pair and took up gymnastics. Over 12 years they catapulted themselves through the various levels of the sport to the top of their game, ultimately competing in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Following this, however, the girls decided they had reached their potential and were ready for something new.

Justin Lee Collins takes the plunge at Sheffield's Ponds Forge

Comedian Justin Lee Collins is using Sheffield's Ponds Forge International Sports Centre as his training base in preparation for a display dive at a national diving competition.

The presenter and stand-up comedian is filming a new series of Justin Collins Is...for Sky 1 and currently on his list of disciplines to learn is diving.

The Bristolian is enduring a gruelling nine week training schedule in preparation for a guest appearance at the FINA Diving World Series which takes place at Ponds Forge from April 18-19.

British Diving to appoint Alexei Evangulov as National Performance Director

British Diving will appoint the Head Coach of the Russian Diving team to the role of National Performance Director tasked with leading Britain to the 2012 Olympics.

Russian Alexei Evangulov will undertake the post from March and will be responsible for driving forward the British Diving programme over the next quadrennial leading to the London Olympics.

A former international diver from 1974 to 1980, Evangulov has overseen the management of the Russian Diving programme over the past 16 years and lead Russia to three silver and two bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

British Swimming National Performance Director for Diving moves on

British Swimming today announced that Steve Foley, National Performance Director for Diving has decided to leave his position towards the end of the year.

David Sparkes, Chief Executive, British Swimming said; "Steve has given us 10 years of hard work and commitment, and has significantly raised the level of British Diving during that period. At this year's Olympics in Beijing we had the biggest diving team ever who experienced the highest level of competition; fantastic preparation for London 2012. We now need to build upon Steve's success with the team and we have already put in place an international recruitment process to find his replacement."

Steve commented; "Having decided that I was not going to go another four years , I felt it only fair to leave at this stage in order to give British Swimming as much time as possible to find a replacement and prepare for London 2012. I have enjoyed my time at British Swimming and will be sad to leave, but for various reasons I believe the time is right for me to move on. I wish the team the best of success over the coming years."

Diving Plan April 2008 - March 2009

Please read in conjunction with approved budget 2008-2009

Partnership with GBDF to build on Community diving

British Swimming and the asa have joined forces with the Great Britain Diving Federation (GBDF) to build a vibrant future for community diving in England.

The governing bodies will be working with the GBDF (an independent, voluntary organisation, dedicated to promoting Springboard and Highboard Diving) to drive the Community and Masters Diving programme.

The organisations will develop the existing Masters diving programme, which encompasses the whole range of ability of divers over 25 years of age, and try to recruit more volunteers into the Masters diving community.

The asa’s Facility Team will also work with the GBDF to establish a clear strategy for diving provision, which will ensure there is a realistic provision for diving facilities to meet the needs of both elite diving and community diving

Dry land access is vital to Diving development

The ASA has highlighted dry land training facilities for divers as being an essential part of any long term national facilities strategy. Dry land training is a vital element of the sport’s development, with divers dividing their time between the water and the gym, and the national governing feels this should be an important factor when looking at facilities.

ASA chief Executive David Sparkes explained: “What must be remembered when talking about diving facilities is that 50% of a diver’s training, from early beginnings, is conducted on dry land in gyms and sports halls, utilising equipment such as trampolines, harnesses and crash mats. The development of these facilities is just as important as pool facilities.

“There are over 100 diving pools nationwide which are available to experienced divers and while this is a sufficient figure to meet the sport’s current demands there are areas were we still need some investment.

Flip N' Fun taster event 16 Mar 08

There are still places available at the Flip N' Fun taster event Mel Sweetman is running at Trowbridge Sport Centre on Sunday 16 March 2008 from 11.30 to 12.30.

Tel 07974 261221 or email Sweetswimming@btinternet.com for information and to book a place.

TDC Swindon Diving Club Volunteer Roles

TDC Swindon Diving Club are currently at Ridgeway Leisure Centre, Wroughton, Swindon and from June 2008 will be at Highworth Recreation Centre, The Elms, Highworth, Swindon.

The Springboard Diving Club is in desperate need of volunteers to help them grow and develop, especially when they move to a new pool in late Spring 2008

Type of Roles: Teaching / Coaching, Administration, Marketing / PR / Media, Helper / general, Committee Work

Days / times required: Saturdays 4-6pm (currently). From June 2008 Monday and/or Wednesday evening.

If you can help please contact Details: Irene Aldridge, tel: 01793 764890 email: irenealdridge@hotmail.com