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National gold for Holly Waxman and Ruby Bower
7:22pm Thursday 12th June 2014 in Sport
City of Bradford Esprit Club youngsters Holly Waxman and Ruby Bower are golden girls.
Both won events at the British Gas Elite Junior Elite National Diving Championships in Plymouth – a reward for their hard work under club assistant coach Becky Lee.
Holly won the Group C girls' platform, totaling an impressive 321.1 points, nailing a fairly new dive second up for a huge 64.8 points, scoring eights.
Ruby, 14, also came first in her favourite event – the girls' platform.
Her first two dives in Group B didn't have the trademark rip, but she did improve, qualifying in second place.
She made a great start in the finals, nailing her first two dives – an inward two-and-half somersaults from 7.5 metres, which scored 60.75 points, and a forward three-and-a-half somersaults from ten metres for 59.4 points.
Ruby finished off with a back two-and-a-half somersaults with a half twist in the piked position for 46.8 points and a total of 316.8 points – a mark that was good enough to make her eligible for junior Great Britain selection.
Esprit also won two synchro medals, Holly teaming up with fellow 12-year-old Emily Bearpark (City of Leeds) to take silver in the girls' nine to 13 years one-metro synchro with 209.97 points, Ruby pairing up with clubmate Evie Webb, 15, to take bronze in the girls' 14-18 years three-metre synchro with 227.01 points.
In other individual events, Holly was fifth in the girls' one-metre and three-metres, while Ruby was fifth in the girls' one-metre and Evie was ninth in the girls' one-metre at her first junior elite competition and fifth in the girls' three-metre platform.
Former Esprit diver Sam Thornton (City of Leeds) won three gold medals, taking the boys' Group A one-metre and three-metre springboard titles, as well as the 14-18 years' boys' three-metre synchro with James Heatly (Edinburgh Diving Club).
Will Hallam (City of Leeds), another Esprit old boy, was second in the Group B boys' one-metre and three-metre.
Thornton used his junior success as a springboard for senior glory, taking bronze in the one-metre springboard, bronze in the three-metre springboard and bronze in the three-metre synchro with Heatly.
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