My son Olly Mason has been diving at the Sovereign Centre since the age of seven and for the last four years has been the 1m springboard champion for Sussex, representing Eastbourne in competitions all over the country.
In recent years we have had to travel to Maidstone, Crawley and Tunbridge Wells to train on their 3m springboard. Facilities locally have always been poor, forcing us to travel to train for 3m competitions.
So ideally the new leisure centre in Eastbourne should have facilities like Crawley and Worthing - who knows what could be achieved then? It would attract more people to diving.
If diving facilities go in the town then competitions in Sussex would be pointless – a terrible shame! This sport has given my son focus, fitness and fun.
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