Diving team ready to round out 2022 at World Junior Champs

20 Oct 2022

European champions from both senior and junior level are part of the 17-strong British Diving team heading to next month's World Junior Championships in Montreal, Canada (27th November - 4th December).

Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix (Dive London) - who won individual and synchro platform titles at both European and Commonwealth level earlier this summer - is part of the GB cohort competing at its first World Juniors in four years, while Maisie Bond (City of Sheffield), Jorden Fisher-Eames (Luton Diving Club), Robbie Lee (Southampton Diving Academy) and Euan McCabe (Plymouth Diving) are all included after winning gold medals at July's European Junior Championships.

Every athlete involved will be aiming for some strong early-season performances and to gain more valuable experience on the largest junior international stage, as their progress on the pathway to regular senior competition continues.

There is British representation across 15 of the 17 diving events, including further opportunities for a host of European Junior medallists from a few months ago, as well as Desharne Bent-Ashmeil and Amy Rollinson (both Dive London), whose debut senior campaign has seen them appear together at World Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

This edition of the World Junior Diving Championships also includes the 2022 World Junior High Diving Invitational, which will see City of Sheffield's Archie Biggin make his debut for a British Diving team.

As ever with junior diving events, this World Junior Championships will see competition across Group A and Group B categories, with divers in Group A events aged 16, 17 or 18 years on 31st December 2022, and Group B athletes aged 14 or 15 on that date. 

British Diving Performance Pathway Lead Julian Bellan - Team Leader for the trip to Canada - is enthused by the up-and-coming talent that makes up the GB team competing against the rest of the world's age-group best in Montreal, saying: "It has been a superb year for our divers across junior and senior competitions, and we are looking forward to seeing what this group of 17 athletes - representing nine different clubs and training centres - can do to round out a memorable 2022. 

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"We have seen at European Juniors, some major senior internationals and events such as our own British Championships, National Diving Cup and Futures Cup that these divers are progressing with each top-level competition opportunity they get, in terms of their results but also their performances and learnings around the arena environment.

"After a disrupted couple of years for the next generation of British Diving talent, it is fantastic that the opportunities for experience are now coming thick and fast, and this will be another hugely valuable one alongside high-class athletes from around the world. While the team has members whose sights are firmly set on Paris in less than two years, the majority of this cohort are building progressively towards LA in six years’ time. The World Juniors is a fantastic gauge on future potential. Many of the current crop of top-performing GB Olympians were World Junior medallists four to six years before their major Olympic successes."

British Diving team for the World Junior Diving Championships in Montreal, Canada (27th November - 4th December):

Leon Baker (Southampton Diving Academy)

Desharne Bent-Ashmeil (Dive London)

Archie Biggin (City of Sheffield)

Maisie Bond (City of Sheffield)

Tilly Brown (Southampton Diving Academy)

Jorden Fisher-Eames (Luton Diving Club)

Todd Geggus (Southend Diving)

Chloe Johnson (City of Leeds)

Oscar Kane (Luton Diving Club)

Robbie Lee (Southampton Diving Club)

Danny Mabbott (Edinburgh Diving Club)

Euan McCabe (Plymouth Diving)

Amy Rollinson (Dive London)

Evie Smith (Crystal Palace Diving Club)

Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix (Dive London)

Hugo Thomas (Dive London)

Oscar Willcox (City of Sheffield)