An Olympic masterclass

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Olympic silver medallist Pete Waterfield, who partnered Tom Daly in the 10m synchronised high dive for TeamGB at London 2012 gave budding divers a masterclass session at the Sovereign Centre last week.

Sportivate Dare to Dive, a six-week Lottery funded course for 14-25 year olds, introduces 10 young people to the sport of diving. The six-week course involves strength and flexibility sessions, dry-land training including trampoline work and a general introduction to basic platform diving from the 1m and 3m platforms.

As Sporting Champion for the project, Waterfield attended three of the sessions at the Sovereign where he helped participants with expert guidance and coaching.

Waterfield said, “I had such a great time at the Sovereign Centre. It’s a pleasure to be able to give something back, so I was only too happy to be a part of this project.

“It was brilliant to see the young people learning new dives and developing their skills and they should be commended for what they have achieved.

“Hopefully this is just the start for them and I hope they will keep working on the new dives and techniques learned in our sessions.”

Sadie Mason, chief executive of Active Sussex, said, “The Dare to Dive project is a great example of how we at Active Sussex are bringing the Olympic legacy to life in our county.

“Getting first-hand advice from Olympic diver Pete Waterfield poolside was simply the best way to inspire these young people to develop a sporting habit for life.”