Rising star Olivia Chamandy wins first Canadian senior diving crown
Diving – CALGARY – Canadian junior diving star Olivia Chamandy of Montreal made her first big impact at the senior level on Saturday as she won the gold medal on women’s 10-m tower at the 2017 Winter Nationals.
Chamandy, a double medallist last season at the world junior championships in Russia, took the gold with a personal best 344.05 points. Celina Toth of St. Thomas, Ont., was second at 308.35 and Margo Erlam of Calgary third at 296.75.
‘’It was a real thrill to get my highest score today,’’ said Chamandy, 16. ‘’I was really happy with the consistency I got in my dives. I was really nervous about my new dive – the back handstand twist- but I managed to do it good. I always get nervous when I have to do a handstand.’’
On men’s one-metre, Peter Thach Mai of Montreal notched his second gold of the competition with 346.00. He edged Victor Povzner of Markham, Ont., second at 345.60 and Laurent Gosselin-Paradis of Montreal third at 306.30.
‘’It was a tough event,’’ said Mai, the three-metre winner on Friday. ‘’I struggled with some of my dives. The one-metre is not an event we practice as much and I found there was a lot of adjustments to make after yesterday’s three-metres.’’
Competition ends Sunday with the women’s three-metre (prelims at 9 a.m. local and final at 12:10 p.m.) and the men’s tower (prelims at 10:35 a.m. and final at 1:45 p.m.).
Important funding for these championships was received through grant programs from Alberta Sport Connection, City of Calgary Council Strategic Initiatives Fund, and Calgary Sport Tourism Authority.
A detailed schedule, and live results are available at www.diving.ca.
The entire competition will be available through CBC Sports’ livestream:CBC Sports – Aquatics videos