The cream of the diving world will be descending on Sheffield on April 18-19 as part of the highly-charged FINA Diving World Series.
Global names such as Team GB’s own teenage sensation Tom Daley have now confirmed they will be performing at the event which is transmitted to millions of viewers worldwide.
Ruolin, of China, won the gold medal in the women's 10-meter platform diving at Beijing Olympic Games last year and is just one of the 76 world class divers who have now confirmed their participation at Pond’s Forge. Sheffield, for this breathtaking display of diving talent.
Other Olympians and household names who will be competing include: Australia’s Matt Mitcham; Canada’s Alexandre Despatie, GB hopeful
Blake Aldridge and up and coming Leeds twin diving stars Helen and Carol Galashan.
The FINA Diving World Series began as a world-class competition only two years ago and was seen as an opportunity to showcase the best international talent to a worldwide television audience. Entry into the event is by invitation only to the world’s highest ranked divers and a number of “wild cards” given to the Host nation. Top divers include Olympic gold medallists, world and European champions, and the cream of the UK diving squad.
Sheffield is one of four legs taking place within the worldwide series with China, Qatar and Mexico also hosting events. Divers from 15 nations will be travelling the globe to take part in each heat with the eventual winners claiming cash prizes.
China dominated the medal tables in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 but the Australian and Russian squads also produced several medal winning performances. All three countries are being represented in the FINA DWS as well as Canada, Germany, Mexico and the US.
Squad GB - made up of Benjamin Swain, Tom Daley, Nicholas Robinson-Baxter, Blake Aldridge, Rebecca Gallantree, Tonia Couch, Sarah Barrow and Monique McCarroll - are also hoping to put in strong performances in front of a home crowd when they take to the platform in 7 of the 8 event categories.
For the Sheffield Heat, tickets are now on sales and are priced £10 for one day or £15 for both days for adults. Tickets for under-16s are £5 per day
or £7.50 for both days. Family tickets are also available as well as group discounts.
Tickets are available online at www.swimming.org or by telephoning 0800 220292.
photos Janos Schmidt