Twists and turns are all part of the fun

Twists and turns are all part of the fun

There were more backflips, somersaults and half twists than you could poke a diving board at in Civic yesterday.

And it was the Canberra Diving Academy that made the biggest splash to win the Geoff Montgomery Memorial Championships Trophy at the Canberra Olympic Pool.

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Clubs from Newcastle, Sydney and Albury descended on the nation's capital for two days of competition of the highest order.


Canberra had a solid weekend of competition, taking home eight gold, 10 silver and six bronze.

Competitors launched themselves off anything from 1m springboards to 10m high fixed platforms.

Judges marked them on their approach to the take-off, the take-off itself, as well as their elevation, execution and entry into the water.

The outdoor conditions made things tricky for the competitors, with a lot of them used to competing indoors.

Instead they had to battle the wind and heavy rain that the wild weekend threw at them.

Some of the NSW Institute of Sport's elite divers took part, but it was Canberra's Brendan Wright and Natasha Welsh who took out the open men's and open women's 10m platform respectively.

Some of the tricky manoeuvres on show included two-and-a-half somersaults - both forwards, backwards and in reverse, one-and-a-half somersaults with a full twist, as well as a variety of handstand dives, where athletes start their dive with a handstand on the platform.

But it wasn't just the adults who had all the fun, with juniors, including as young as the under-11 category, twisting and turning their way through some exquisite dives.

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