“I woke up this morning knowing what I needed to do to win” – Bryden Hattie
Montréal, May 26, 2023 – On Friday, Bryden Hattie (Boardworks) moved one step closer to qualifying for the World Diving Championships, by winning the gold medal in the 3m springboard event at the Canadian Championships in Toronto, Ontario.
Throughout the final round, Hattie battled hard against visiting diver Victor Povzner, who came out of the event with a higher score than Hattie. However, given that Povzner does not dive for Canada internationally, both divers received gold medals and Hattie (430.85 points) was declared the Canadian champion.
“I woke up this morning knowing what I needed to do to win. I wanted to be consistent in the qualification rounds, and then just enjoy the final. I felt light, which helped a lot,” said the new Canadian champion, a few moments after his win.
Thomas Ciprick (PCDC) secured the silver medal with 407.55 points, while Cédric Fofana (CAMO) earned bronze with 401.80.
“I probably could have had a better score, but I’m still satisfied with my performance. In the final, my first three dives weren’t up to my expectations, but I stayed calm and finished strong,” said Ciprick.
With today’s 3m championship, Hattie is now a step closer to qualifying for the World Diving Championships, which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, from July 14-22.
“There was definitely a lot of pressure, but I tried to stay focused on my dives. I learned a lot in my last few competitions, and I think that’s been good for my confidence.”
The members of Canada’s delegation to Japan will officially be announced next week.
A clear head for Mia Vallée
Mia Vallée (CAMO) had a clear head as she entered Friday’s 1-metre springboard final at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. The event’s defending champion hoped to make it to the top of the podium once again, and she pulled out all the stops to do so.
With her first dive of the final, Vallée set the bar high, earning 62.40 points. Her score moved her into provisional first place, where she remained throughout the five rounds of the final, finishing the day with a total of 290.60 points.
“I wanted to enjoy myself. I felt really good at the beginning of the day. Things weren’t quite as good as I had hoped, but I’m really happy. For the past few months, I haven’t been feeling as good as usual, but things went really well this week,” she explained, following her win.
Vallée’s clear head can be partly attributed to the fact that she completed her semester in marine biology at the University of Miami. Since then, the Québécoise has felt a lot more relaxed.
“Honestly, it makes an incredible difference. Last week was the first week since my graduation that I didn’t have any work to do, and I felt a lot better during training. It’s so much easier when I can focus exclusively on diving,” she explained.
Vallée was accompanied on the podium by her synchronized diving teammate Pamela Ware (CAMO) and Alberta’s Aimee Wilson (Calgary), who finished the day with scores of 283.35 and 263.95, respectively.
On Sunday, Vallée will be looking to repeat today’s performance in the 3m event, in order to earn a ticket to the World Championships.
“Today (Friday) was excellent training to see where I stand in comparison to the other divers as we head into the 3m event. I was a lot calmer than I thought I would be, and I’m feeling confident for the 3m,” she concluded.
A new role for Rylan Wiens
Due to a neck injury, Rylan Wiens (Saskatoon) had to withdraw from the Canadian Championships this weekend, to allow him to get back into top shape in the coming weeks.
However, he was not about to miss the event. Wiens volunteered to join Alexandre Despatie in the webcast of the Canadian Championships, taking on the role of analyst for the very first time. He will work alongside the Olympic silver medallist until the conclusion of the event on Sunday.
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