Going for Gold
First year Barton Peveril student Emily Martin (centre) won her first GB gold medal at the Dresden Youth International Meet, in the 16-18 Years Platform Diving event. Emily beat Divers from Spain, Sweden, Finland, Norway, USA, Poland, Australia and even German Olympian Elena Wassen.
The former Hounsdown School pupil entered the final, where 12 athletes competed for the gold medal, in third place. Emily continued to improve until her last dive, where she earned a personal best score and positioned herself firmly in the winning position; Emily had a total of 392.80 points, 41 more than her German counterpart.
This event follows Emily’s recent visit to the Copper Box Arena, in the Olympic Park, where she met both Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Winter Olympian Lizzie Yarnold.
Speaking on the event, Emily said:
“I have been to this event three times now, competing for Great Britain, and each year I have achieved better results even though I have been moving up in the age groups. I’m always proud to represent Great Britain but winning a gold was a whole new experience.”
Alix Christopher, Emily’s Sport Teacher, said:
“We are all really proud of Emily’s achievements in Diving, she trains very hard and still manages to gain top marks in her college work. She is an excellent role model for fellow students and aspiring young athletes.”
Emily is now busy preparing for a GB Camp at the end of May in Aberdeen, where she will train with her fellow GB athletes and compete for selection in the Junior European Diving Championships in Finland.
We wish Emily the best of luck in this next exciting opportunity.