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Amelie Underwood a former gymnast was spotted on a scouting trip by
Plymouth Diving coach Sally Freeman where she attended Montpellier Primary
School. An invitation to join the Talent Squad followed which was accepted
and Amelie made steady progress. She took part in her first skills competition
in 2018 at the age of ten where she finished in the top six.
Between 2018 and 2020 there were numerous top six finishes and several
podium placings for Amelie at age group level competitions.
In 2020 Sally recognised that Amelie had the credentials to become part of the
National Elite Squad and compete at a higher level of events. This was a big
undertaking for Amelie; it meant joining an established group of divers who
were much older and with greater experience than her. Amelie took the move
in her stride and fitted in well due to her maturity, hardworking attitude and
level headed approach.
At the British Elite Diving Championships in October 2021 Amelie was
successful and won a silver medal for her 1m and 3m performance. By April
2022 at the same competition Amelie was stronger and more polished,
bringing home the gold medal for the 1m and 3m. Acknowledged for her
continued development Amelie was selected to represent England at the
CAMO Invitational in Montreal, Canada.
The 3m board at CAMO was the most lucrative for Amelie. After the
preliminary round she was in sixth position but gave the final her absolute all
to win the silver medal. Juliette John from Crystal Palace Diving Club joined
Amelie on the podium in third place.
On the 1m board Amelie finished fourth in the preliminary round and
upgraded this positon to win a bronze medal in the final. Juliette finished in
first place. Corin Burrows-Mackley from Dive London Aquatics Club finished in
fifth position on both the 1m and 3m boards making the English trio a force to
be reckoned with.
Parents Paul and Zoe along with Brother Noah are incredibly proud of Amelie’s
achievements to date. As part of the Swim England Y Camp Development
Programme the next chapter for Amelie is set to be promising with many more
successes to come. Sally continues to nurture Amelie’s diving and credit has to
be given to Sally for detecting her potential at an early age.

December 16 2022


Start: 16 December, 2022
End: 19 December, 2022