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 Theo bags a trio of silver medals at Scottish Diving Nationals

17 May 2023  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

Theo stepped up to the podium three times to take Silver at the recent Scottish National Age Groups Diving Championships. The thirteen-year-old, Year 8 student scooped the coveted Age Group B medals in all three disciplines: 1m, 3m and 5m platform.

Theo started diving when he was six. While swimming with his family he spotted that the diving boards were open, he had a go and became hooked! He has been taking part in competitions since he was nine and joined the Darlington A.S.C Diving club at Darlington’s Dolphin Centre when he was eleven. Theo is proficient at a number of dives including forward 2 ½, back 1 ½ half twist and back 1 ½, although his favourite is a handstand and somersault off a 5m platform.

Theo said: This has really exceeded all my expectations. I really enjoyed taking part and knew that I would have fun and improve on my dives but I never dared hope that I would win a medal, let alone three! I really enjoy diving, I’ve made some really good friends through the club.  It’s almost like I was born in the water – I just love the buzz and excitement I feel when diving.”

Theo regularly attends competitions around the country including Sunderland, Sheffield, Aberdeen and Leeds and he is hoping to be heading to an event in Ireland later this year.

As well as diving, Theo is a keen footballer. He plays for the Year 8 team at school and is training for Darlington’s TSC team.

Jenna Potter, Headteacher, said: “Winning one silver medal in a national competition is amazing but to scoop three is phenomenal.  We are so proud of Theo’s achievements and wish him well in his future competitions.”

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