Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Daley downed by starlet Jack as Leeds divers dominate

Captions: Jack Laugher (top and middle pic) claimed a stunning victory over world champion Tom Daley while Alicia Blagg, Hannah Starling and Chloe Hurd (bottom pic right to left) enjoyed another medal-laiden weekend (all pics courtesy of Tim Lee, City of Leeds Diving Club)

The City of Leeds diving squad enjoyed the perfect start to the 2011 season with a dominant performance which included a sensational showing by a potential new star.

While the women’s team picked up from where they left off in 2010 at the first major national event of the year the GB National Cup held in Southend, it was City of Leeds newcomer Jack Laugher who stole the headlines with a stunning performance to defeat world champion Tom Daley.

The 16-year-old from Harrogate, who recently began training with the City of Leeds squad at the Aquatics Centre at the John Charles Centre for Sport, enjoyed a dream weekend as he claimed victory in the 1m springboard competition and then followed it up by setting a new British record to see off the challenge of Great Britain superstar Daley to win the 3m gold.

In the women’s section, the City of Leeds squad continued their imperious form on the springboards as they claimed all the rostrum places in both the 1m and 3m categories. Fifteen-year-old Hannah Starling from Alwoodley (1m) and 18-year-old Chloe Hurd (3m) secured their first senior individual titles with 14-year-old Alicia Blagg performing her new more difficult dives since being the youngest member of the English team at the Commonwealth Games well to take second in both competitions. Chloe made it a clean sweep for City of Leeds with third in the 1m while Hannah took bronze in the 3m.

The trio then claimed more medal success in the 3m synchronised event, with Chloe and Alicia teaming up to win gold with Hannah partnering Edinburgh’s Grace Reid to silver.

The men’s team also picked up from the women’s lead as they claimed a clutch of medals to make a fine start to the 2011 season. After failing to pick up any medals in national events in 2010, the team returned from Southend with 2nd and 3rd places in both the 3m and 10m synchronised events as Callum Johnstone and Matt Roberts took silver in the 3m ahead of City of Leeds clubmates Yona Knight-wisdom and Josh Dowd. In the 10m Joe Mezcaros and Callum Johnstone finished second with James Denny partnering Max Brick of Southampton to third.

Together with another Harrogate diver who now trains with City of Leeds, 16-year-old Oliver Dingley, taking second place in the men’s 1m event, it meant the City of Leeds squad overall secured a total haul of 15 medals from the event. As a reward for their success, 11 of the squad have been selected to represent Great Britain at international events all over the world in the coming months.

The City of Leeds divers are all part of Leeds City Council’s Diving Training Scheme overseen by senior diving coach Adrian Hinchliffe and former world champion Edwin Jongejans.

Senior diving coach Adrian Hinchliffe said:

“The whole team put in a great performance and started the season really impressively. Jack has not been with us very long but he showed the fantastic potential he has by beating Tom Daley and breaking the British record in the process so it was a dream weekend for him, while on the women’s side the team picked up from where they left off and it is great to see the drive they have to keep improving and winning. With the men’s success too it sets us up well for the year ahead.”

Notes to editors:

Leeds City Council’s Leeds Diving Training Scheme is managed by Adrian Hinchliffe and has been running since 1986. The scheme provides opportunities in the sport of diving for all ages and from recreational to elite level. In total there are over 300 people taking part in the scheme on a daily and weekly basis, making it one of the biggest diving programmes in Britain.

For further information about the scheme contact Adrian Hinchliffe at Adrian.hinchliffe@leeds.gov.uk, Edwin Jongejans at Edwin.jongejans@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 395 7363.


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Parkways Towers vandal caught on camera

A man vandalising a block of flats in Seacroft has been caught out on CCTV and ordered to do 60 hours of community service.

At Leeds Crown Court, CCTV evidence from East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL) was used by West Yorkshire Police to convict Mark Templeman of vandalism of Parkways Towers, in Seacroft.

He was ordered to do 60 hours of community service and pay £500 in compensation.

In a joint operation with ENEHL, West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council’s Anti Social Behaviour Unit, 28 other youths were also interviewed who either were served acceptable behaviour contract (ABC) or Prohibition Notices.

Four youths were identified as causing damage to Parkway Towers and their parents are receiving invoices for the damage caused. Alternatively they would have been arrested and dealt with through the courts.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council's executive board member for community safety and chair of the city’s crime-fighting partnership Safer Leeds, said:

“It is very important that we are able to continually work with the police and the ALMOs to catch people causing deliberate damage.This case shows exactly why we invest in CCTV – it plays a vital role in helping us convict individuals who disrupt their communities and make the lives of others miserable.

“It is important that people feel safe where they live, and I would urge anyone that notices any anti-social behaviour to report it as soon as possible.”

Angelena Fixter, Chair of ENEHL, said:

“Nobody wants to live in an area blighted by vandalism and other anti-social behaviour. We take incidents of vandalism and anti social behaviour seriously and we will continue to work in partnership with the police and courts, to help make our neighbourhoods peaceful, safe and pleasant areas to live.”

You can report anti-social behaviour to your local housing office or direct to the council's anti social behaviour unit on 0113 222 4402 (Monday to Thursday 7.30 am to 6 pm, Friday 7:30 am – 4.30 pm).


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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk