Scotland’s divers performed superbly in the stunning facilities of the Gold Coast Aquatics Centre – host venue for the Commonwealth Games in just over four months’ time – claiming a gold and a silver medal in the Synchro events at the Gold Coast Diving Grand Prix.
It was an outstanding weekend for 16 year old Lucas Thomsom, a fifth year pupil at Balerno High School, as he teamed up with Glasgow 2014 finalist James Heatly to take silver in the Men’s 10m Synchro event. Partnering Gemma McArthur in the Mixed 10m Synchro, he went one better as the pair took gold ahead of Malaysian duo Jun Houng Cheong and Jelison Jabillin.
Heatly, who recorded top 10 finishes in both 1m and 3m Springboard event at the Glasgow 2014 Games, put in a strong performance in the preliminary round of his individual 3m event to progress comfortably to the semi-finals. Unfortunately a mistake in his 4th dive, an inward 3.5 sommersaults tuck, cost him a place in the final.
McArthur was also in individual action, in the Women’s 10m Platform event. The 19 year old progressed from the preliminary round, finishing 5th in her semi-final.
For those divers with ambitions of a place on Team Scotland at Gold Coast 2018, only a few qualifying competitions remain before the end of the selection window. On the domestic calendar are the Scottish Championships in Edinburgh at the start of December and the British Championships in January.
33 athletes in Swimming, Lawn Bowls and Squash have already been named to Team Scotland. Final selections across all sports will be made in February 2018 as Team Scotland aim to build on the success of Glasgow 2014 and have their most successful overseas Games ever.