OTTAWA – Four Canadian divers will compete at all three stops on the 2008 FINA World Series diving tour. The first stop is April 26-27 in Tijuana, Mexico.
Jennifer Abel of Laval (three-metre), Blythe Hartley of North Vancouver (three-metre) Émilie Heymans of St-Lambert (10 metre and 10 metre synchro) and Marie-Ève Marleau of Laval (10-metre synchro) are the Canadian entries for this event which has attracted the world’s best divers.
The Canadian foursome qualified for the World Series through performances at the 2008 FINA World Cup which was held this past February in Beijing.
Only the top eight divers in each event were invited to compete in the World Series. However if a diver declines to compete the next best ranked divers is invited as a replacement.
At the 2008 FINA World Cup, Hartley and Abel were sixth and 11th respectively on three-metre. Heymans was 10th on 10-metre and second with Marleau on 10-metre synchro.
Accompanying the Canadian divers are coaches Cesar Henderson (CAMO) and Igor Paskov (Dive Calgary) as well as official Bev Boys (Vancouver).
The divers’ bios and result sheets are available on-line at www.diving.ca.
About the FINA World Series
The three-stop FINA World Series was launched in 2007. The following stops after Mexico are May 24-25 in Sheffield, England and May 31-June 1 in Nanjing, China.
Medallists on the World Series also receive important cash prizes.
photos Janos Schmidt