It was a day of firsts at the 2015 ASA National Age Group Diving Championships as Luton’s Grace Kouset and Crystal Palace diver Pele Julien impressed to win their first national titles.
Kouset finished 22nd in the Group C Platform event 12 months ago, but having upped the tariff of her dives for her first season in the Group B age group, the 13-year old jumped straight to the top of the pile.
While she was diving last of all 29 competitors, Kouset held her nerve to capture gold with her final dive, scoring 209.80 to finish just 0.8 ahead of Crystal Palace’s silver medallist Annabel Triggs.
Julien’s result was more comprehensive as he dominated the Group B 1m Springboard event, scoring 62.00 for one of his dives on the way to a final score of 295.05 – more than 30 points clear of the field.
“I feel really chuffed with that,” said Julien. “It’s all down to the hard work with my coach – I wouldn’t have got here without him.
“It’s a little bit harder in Group B. You’ve got people who are older than you, have harder dives and better rip. So there’s a little more pressure but you just have to go out there and do your best.”
There were also third golds for Bradford Esprit’s Holly Waxman and Star Diving’s Alfie Brown in the Elite Junior Group C age group.
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