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Swimming - 06. June 2007.

YOUNG DIVING SQUAD TAKES ON WORLD IN SPAIN





Britain's emerging diving talents will be aiming to establish themselves as well as their reputation within the ranks of the world's elite.

The 3m and 10m boards will be in action with medals available for individual and synchronised performances and the British contingent's aim will be for consistency as they target top 12 finishes.

For National Performance Director Steve Foley the Spanish event will provide an indicator of where the divers are in their development towards the London 2012 Olympics.

"The Madrid meet is another step along the road to the London Olympics for this team of young divers," said Foley.

The British team suffered the loss of Elizabeth Heald last week when the City of Sheffield diver, a European Junior medallist from 2006, was forced to withdraw with a stress fracture in her lumbar.

"It's an important event for us and we need to get the guys back training and competing with each other. They have the talent but now we need to put the hours in to build that special understanding and bond the event needs."

For Gallantree, McGroarty and Barrow it's another chance for them to establish themselves on the international circuit.

"They've had some good performances to date but we want to see consistency at this level and this is the ideal opportunity to achieve that and to build confidence," said Foley.

"It's a very inexperienced team but we need them to be finishing in the top 12 of grand prix meets like this to ensure we're on track fro developing this talent for the London 2012 Olympics."



The Madrid leg of the FINA Diving Grand takes place from 8th to 10th June.

The Female British Diving squad comprises:


Rebecca Gallantree - City of Leeds
Jodie McGroarty - City of Sheffield
Sarah Barrow - Plymouth Diving

For further details contact Dave Richards, British Swimming Media Manager, on 01509 632237, 0778 992 6136 or email dave.richards@swimming.org <mailto:dave.richards@swimming.org>
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