2014 FINA World Junior Diving Championships

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FINA diving

(ISN) – Ottawa, September 6th, 2014 – Diving Plongeon Canada is pleased to announce the 11 athletes selected to compete next week against the world’s best divers aged 14 through 18 in Penza, Russia. The Canadian team features a trio of reigning Pan American Junior Diving Champions in Alexandre Corriveau (14, Terrebonne, QC),Caeli McKay (15, Calgary, AB), and Molly Carlson (15, Thunder Bay, ON).

Held every two years, the 20th FINA World Junior Diving Championships will take place from September 9th to the 14th at the Burtasy Sports Centre in Penza, Russia. Approximately 200 divers from 35 countries will be in attendance competing for 14 different world titles. Along with Canada, other confirmed top diving nations include: China, Australia, Malaysia, USA, Germany, Russia, Mexico and Ukraine.

Divers will be competing in two age groups; Group A (16-18 years old) and Group B (14-15 years old). Events include the 1-metre springboard, 3-metre springboard, and platform in each age group. A combined 3-metre springboard synchro event will be contested that allows both A Group and B Group divers to compete alongside each other.

The majority of the Canadian team headed to Russia will be introduced to a world-level competition for the first time. Out of the 11 athletes selected, only Ethan Pitman(17, Edmonton, AB) boasts previous experience at the world junior level.  

Scott Cranham, a three-time Olympian and current High Performance Athlete Development Director at Diving Plongeon Canada is aware of the challenges that await the team in Russia, but is confident in the ability of the group.

“Many of the Canadians selected are in the first year of eligibility in their respective age groups and we know they will be up against other divers who are more mature,” said Cranham.

“What we lack in experience can hopefully be made up by the significant level of talent within our group”, added Cranham.

Being the first experience on the world stage for many of these athletes, Cranham stressed the importance of keeping their focus on their own dives.

“Our goal at the competition is for each athlete to stay focused and do their individual dives to the best of their ability. If they can do that, I am certain that we will be pleased with the results,” said Cranham.

Divers to watch

 

Molly Carlson – (Girls’ Group A) – She recently competed at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, where she finished 8th on the 3-metre springboard and 11thon the platform. Most notably, Molly won gold medals on 3-metre springboard at both the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships and the prestigious 2014 Youth International Diving Meet in Dresden.

Caeli McKay – (Girls’ Group B) – Caeli is a double medalist from the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships, winning gold on 1-metre springboard and silver on 3-metre springboard. She also made her first appearance on the senior international level this year, competing on the FINA Diving Grand Prix.

Ethan Pitman – (Boys’ Group A) – He impressively won national titles on all three boards at the recent 2014 Speedo Junior Elite National Championships. Ethan was a member of team Canada at the 2012 FINA World Junior Championship in Adelade, AUS.

Alexandre Corriveau – (Boys’ Group B) – A platform specialist, Alexandre has already won two international medals in the past year; gold at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships and bronze at the 2014 Youth International Diving Meet.

Team Canada

 

Name and Club

Age (Group)

Hometown

Event

Molly Carlson

(TBDC)

15 (A)

Thunder Bay, ON

1-metre; 3-metre; Platform

Becky Deacon

(EKDC)

18 (A)

Edmonton, AB

1-metre

Samantha Maiorino

(PCDC)

16 (A)

Pointe-Claire, QC

3-metre; Platform

Caeli McKay

(Dive Calgary)

15 (B)

Calgary, AB

1-metre; 3-metre; Platform 

Olivia Chamandy

(CAMO)

14 (B)

Westmount, QC

1-metre; Platform

Ashley McCool

(Dive Calgary)

14 (B)

Cochrane, AB

3-metre

Ethan Pitman

(Team Edmonton Diving)

17 (A)

Edmonton, AB

1-metre; 3-metre; Platform

Ryan Grover

(Boardworks)

16 (A)

Victoria, BC

1-metre; 3-metre; Platform

Wessel Brussen

(CAMO)

15 (B)

Montreal, QC

1-metre; 3-metre 

Isaiah Brasset

(Boardworks)

15 (B)

Victoria, BC

1-metre; Platform 

Alexandre Corriveau

(CAMO)

14 (B)

Terrebonne, QC

3-metre; Platform

Canada will be entering one team in the boys’ 3-metre synchro, and one team in the girls’ 3-metre synchro. Final selection for these entries will take place in Penza.  

Stéphane Lapointe (Laval, QC) from CAMO, David Flewwelling (Edmonton, AB) from Edmonton Kinsmen Diving Club, Charlie Tu (Calgary, AB) from Dive Calgary, and Tommy McLeod (Victoria, BC) from Boardworks Diving Club are the coaches accompanying the team to Russia. Tony Revitt,(Ottawa, ON) will travel with the team as the massage therapist.

Ivonne Shouchair (Ottawa, ON) will serve as team leader, and Luda Zakharenko(London, ON) as team support and local liaison.

Barb Bush (Edmonton, AB), and Kaila Freeman (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC) have been appointed Canadian judges for the event.

Competition Format

 

There will be a preliminary and a final for each event. The top 12 divers from each preliminary will move onto the final round. During the preliminaries, divers will perform a full compulsory list (dives with a limited degree of difficulty) and an optional list (dives with no limit to degree of difficulty). In the finals, divers will only perform their optional list again, with their compulsory list score carrying over from the preliminaries.

 

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