The British National Diving Cup 2023 will take place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh across 2nd-5th February. Athlete entries are now open for the event which will showcase the best of Britain’s diving talent at the start of another busy year for the sport.
The past 12 months has witnessed one of Britain’s most decorated years in the diving world, with a best-ever tally of six medals at a World Championship followed by twelve ascensions to the podium on the European stage – either side of a stunning Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022 where athletes competed for their respective Home Nations.
Having kick-started the 2022 season, the British National Diving Cup is once again the first flagship British Diving event on the 2023 domestic calendar – with Britain’s best divers set to be welcomed to Edinburgh in February, as national titles across 3m springboard and 10m platform contests are decided, in both individual and synchronised events.
The Royal Commonwealth Pool has previously hosted prestigious international diving action for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2018 European Aquatics Championships, with Jack Laugher (Leeds Diving) having stood atop the podium on both occasions, whilst Grace Reid (Dive London) heard the national anthem ring out for her 3m Springboard triumph in the latter.
Home to Edinburgh Diving club athletes, the venue has additionally been a popular setting for numerous domestic meets, with the Scottish National and Open Diving Championships having taken place there just earlier this month. For Scarlett Mew Jensen (Dive London) and Jordan Houlden (Sheffield Diving) that presented an opportunity to execute early season form in locking out respective victories across the women’s and men’s open individual 1m and 3m springboard events, whilst Dive London’s Robyn Birch and Noah Williams took open titles from the platform as they grasped the chance to familiarise themselves with the competition venue setting for February’s British National Diving Cup.
Speaking about the British National Diving Cup, British Swimming Associate Performance Director Tim Jones said:
“It is fantastic to have the British National Diving Cup confirmed as the first significant foray into a new competition calendar year - preparing our athletes for the forthcoming targets of 2023 as we crucially build through this Olympic cycle and into the qualification period.
“Since last year’s event we’ve seen incredible performances on the global stage at senior Worlds, Europeans and Commonwealths, with our younger divers equally displaying the incredible potential of our programme at junior European and World Championships. These flagship domestic meets provide a valuable competition opportunity for our younger divers to go up against their senior counterparts and it has provided the platform for future success for some of our most established international medallists.
“As always, we are incredibly grateful to all our partners, stakeholders and the amazingly dedicated volunteer workforce community who enable us to stage these vital competitions for our elite athletes and pathway development.”
Athlete entries have now opened, with details on how diving fans can purchase tickets to spectator seating for the British National Diving Cup 2023 to be communicated in due course (UPDATE: Spectator tickets now available to purchase online here).
For more information on the event, visit the official event page here.