NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Diving competition took place on Friday the 29th of April at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. This year, again, St Andrews College brought a strong team of competitors across most of the age groups with students competing in both the Springboard and Platform events.
First up was the 16 and 17+ Years Springboard where we had two competitors, Amy France and Sharri Seccull. Both girls executed their dives well scoring 6s and 7s. This was the most competitive age group of the day and the girls were only outdone by the higher degree of difficulty dives performed by the place getters. Amy finished in 4th place while Sharri finished 6th.
This event was followed by the Open Platform event where both Amy and Jemma France competed against each other. This time Jemma came out on top placing 3rd while Amy placed 4th. Both girls secured an All Schools berth on Platform.
The final events of the day were combined with the 12, 13, 14 and 15 Years competing on Springboard. St Andrews College had four students competing; James Kalogjera (12 Year Boys), Isabella Carter (14 Year Girls), Jemma France (15 Year Girls) and Madelyn Irvine (15 Year Girls). This was the first ever competition for James and Isabella who placed 1st and 2nd respectively in their events.
Jemma fought hard to win her event, securing her first NSWCCC gold medal. Madelyn improved both her score (significantly) and placing from last year finishing a close 4th place.
It was a fantastic day of competition with all St Andrews College divers competing to the best of their ability. Amy, Jemma, Isabella and James went on to represent the College at the NSW All Schools Competition, which was held on Friday the 6th of May. Special mention goes to Amy France who officiated as a judge at both the NSWCCC and the NSW All Schools competitions.
Thank you to Mrs Weaver for coaching, Mr Weaver for managing the competition, Miss Knezevic for managing the students and to Mr Said for stepping in at the last minute to drive the bus. The divers are grateful to the College for its support of the diving program and to the parents for transporting the students to extra training sessions. We hope many more students will take up this opportunity next year.