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Rufus Bord has a medal-laden time with Cambridge Dive Team at the National Age Group Diving Championships



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Rufus Bord with his three medals at the National Age Group Diving Championships in Plymouth. Picture: Sharyn Bord (57892275)
Rufus Bord with his three medals at the National Age Group Diving Championships in Plymouth. Picture: Sharyn Bord (57892275)

Rufus Bord led the charge for Cambridge Dive Team at the National Age Group Diving Championships in Plymouth.

A group of eight divers attended the event, the biggest team that the club has sent to the championships for nine years, and 12-year-old Bord became the first Cambridge diver to get on the podium for all three competitions since Ben Cutmore in 2013.

It was a four-day event, with diving taking place on the 1m and 3m springboards, and the high board platforms, with more than 200 divers
in action.

Bord was one of four Cambridge divers in the boys’ group C (12/13 years), and they all placed in the top 10 on the platform.

High-scoring, complex dives helped Bord win the bronze medal, with Dominic Williams moving into fourth place after a high-scoring final dive. Charles Tibbatts was fifth and Ben Matthams was ninth.

In the 1m event, Bord scored 42 points on his penultimate dive to take the silver medal, just 1.5 points off gold. Williams was seventh, Matthams was ninth and Tibbatts was 10th.

The 3m completed the competition for the age group, and Bord took another bronze after six well-executed dives.

Tibbatts produced a high-scoring final three rounds to seal fifth place, Matthams was eighth and Williams put in a huge back-twisting dive for 40 points to seal 11th place.

The Cambridge Dive Team at the National Age Group Diving Championships in Plymouth. Picture: Sharyn Bord (57892279)
The Cambridge Dive Team at the National Age Group Diving Championships in Plymouth. Picture: Sharyn Bord (57892279)

Daisy Halls was the sole Cambridge diver in the girls’ group B events (14-16 years).

She was 16th on the 3m board in a large and high-standard field, and turned on the pressure on the 1m springboard to earn eighth spot.

Halls saved her best until last, on the high board, with a back-twisting dive earning 39 points and an inward one-and-a-half somersaults secured 42 to take sixth overall.

There were three Cambridge divers in the girls’ group C (12/13 years) competition.

Amelia Aldridge delivered two high-scoring final rounds to take fifth on the 1m springboard, just 0.95 points off a podium place. Tobi Fayomi was eighth and Zia Gordon finished 10th.

The 3m event was next up, and Aldridge topped the team in sixth place, with Gordon ninth and Fayomi 15th.

Moving to the platform Fayomi and Aldridge used new dives to good effect. Fayomi took a well-deserved ninth by setting a personal best, and Aldridge was 14th whilst competing two new dives for the first time with her inward one-and-a-half somersaults piked on 7.5m scoring 38.85 points.

Cambridge Dive Team head coach Alice Clarke said: “This event has shown that the divers have worked so hard over the last year; for many of them this was their first national event and full season of diving.

“It’s a true testament to their commitment and resilience over the last few tough years.”



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