THUNDER BAY HOSTING 2013 SPEEDO JUNIOR ELITE NATIONAL DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thunder Bay Diving Club (TBDC) ready for the event, competition starts at 9:00am Friday July 12 / 2013
(Photo attached: Back LtoR: Molly Carlson, Cristen Merlo. Front LtoR: Coralie Cote, Helena Heiskanen and Christopher Lake-Voros)
THUNDER BAY. July 8 / 2013 –Divers from across Canada started arriving today in Thunder Bay to compete at this year’s Junior Elite National Championships being held in Thunder Bay at the Canada Games Complex. Anticipation is running high as Thunder Bay’s own divers prepare to compete against the best from across Canada.
This competition will see divers aged 16 to 18 (Group A) and ages 14 & 15 (Group B) vying for 14 national titles. Events include the 1-metre springboard, 3-metre springboard, tower, and 3–metre synchronized diving. The event also serves as the trials to select the Canadian Junior National Team that will compete in Tucson, Arizona at the 2013 Pan American Junior Diving Championships.
The TBDC’s Molly Carlson and Helena Heiskanen will be representing Thunder Bay in the Group B age category.
Three of TBDC’s Group C (ages 12 &13) divers including Cristen Merlo, Coralie Cote, and Christopher Lake-Voros are slated to go to the 2013 Speedo Junior Development National Championships, presently scheduled for Aug. 3-4, 2013, location TBD.
The Thunder Bay Diving Club (TBDC) was incorporated in 1982 subsequent to the 1981 Canada Summer Games that provided the city of Thunder Bay with the Canada Games Complex out of which TBDC operates. Provincially, TBDC is governed by Dive Ontario and Nationally registered with Diving Plongeon Canada. Many TBDC athletes have had a great deal of success ranging from awarded varsity scholarships, National and Provincial medalists and champions, Commonwealth Games medalists, and Canadian Olympic medalists.
For those interested in giving the sport of diving a try, the TBDC offers recreation programs for the beginner to get started. TBDC’s recreation program has two groups: Li’l Lightning and Learn to Dive. Li’l Lightning is a program for divers aged 7 and under, who are working on motor development skills with the goal of joining the pre-competitive programs in the future. Learn To Dive is a program to introduce the beginning diver to the sport of diving and what TBDC has to offer.
This coming dive season, the TBDC will have a new head coach. The TBDC is excited to welcome Jason Napper to the Head Coach position starting August 2013. Jason is a TBDC Alumni who’s success in diving spans the globe: 12x provincial champion, 7x junior national champion, 2x senior national champion and the first Canadian male in 64 years to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games
All members of the public are welcome to come to the Canada Games Complex July 12th-14th and enjoy watching the best divers in the country competing in this three day event. Competition starts at 9:00am each day and runs to 5:30pm. Admission is $5.00 per day or $10.00 for a full weekend pass. Children 12 and under are free.
There will be a Media Open House at the Canada Games Complex on Thursday July 11th from 9am to Noon. All media are invited to take photos and conduct interviews on pool deck.
Thunder Bay Diving Club Contact Information:
Mike Lang, Head Coach, Thunder Bay Diving Club