Saskatoon athletes make a splash at national championship
The Junior National Diving Championship held in Saskatoon over the weekend made waves as competitors came from all over Canada.
The event hosted 200 divers and Saskatoon Diving Coach Mary Carroll said that they were all impressed by the facilities at the Shaw Centre.
"Its ranked right now the top pool in Canada and we are fortunate to have it here in Saskatoon," Carroll said.
The competitors range in age from nine to 18 and they compete in different age groups.
"They compete off the low spring board which is one meter... the high spring board which is three meter... the 14 to 18-year-olds go off the 10 meter and the rest go off of the seven or five (meter board)," Carroll said.
For many of the competitors who are probably not tall enough to go on a rollercoaster the height is not an issue.
"They do a lot of flipping, even the younger guys... because they are still junior divers you can see some wipe-outs," Carroll said.
For the divers it is that height that is the fun said ten-year-old Rylan Wiens from Saskatoon.
"I like flipping and the height of the boards. It's really fun," he said.
It was a special weekend for Wiens. He won many medals in his age group but he also broke a canadian record.
"On tower I broke the record. It was 264.85 and I got 264.90," he said.
The pressure of winning did not get to the young athlete, who has been diving since he was five but he could not say the same for his mom.
"My mom couldn't look at the end," he said.
The championship had twelve divers from Saskatoon competing and served as the trials for the Junior World Championship coming up in Australia.
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