NEW ZEALAND DIVING
The New Zealand National Open and Junior Elite Diving Championships was held at the West Wave Aquatic Centre in Auckland between 5-7 April 2019. A total of 61 divers competed in the competition from four different clubs. The increasing number of competitors at Diving New Zealand (DNZ) events is a testament to the success of the DNZ Skills Testing Programme which has enabled young or novice divers to transfer easily to competition events. The DNZ Skills Testing Programme emphasises the importance of correct technique, strength and flexibility at an early stage, and it was pleasing to see that many divers are carrying these skills through to their competition performances.
Throughout the competition the divers showed a high level of talent and skill which was expected given that New Zealand has had vastly increased representation at international events in recent years. Five junior New Zealand divers attended the World Junior Championships in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2018, and five senior divers represented New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast Australia (where Lizzie Cui and YuQian Goh secured a fourth place finish in the women's 3m synchronised springboard event).
Shaye Boddington, Auckland diver – Photo by Jonathan Christiansen
Frazer Tavener, Auckland diver– Photo by Jonathan Christiansen
It was great to see divers excelling in individual springboard and/or platform events during the competition, and promising to see some new names emerging in the pack. It was also fantastic to see divers keen to compete in synchronised diving events and try out new dive combinations at a very young age. It is important for New Zealand to contest all diving disciplines, and it seems that divers are thoroughly enjoying the challenges associated with the new mixed synchronised diving events.
We are thankful for the high performance coaches who are working with our athletes to transfer knowledge into competition performance.